Punjab and Haryana High Court : Members responsible if lewd posts shared on social media group - ECAS Punjab

Punjab and Haryana High Court : Members responsible if lewd posts shared on social media group

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Chandigarh, July 24

In a judgment that is likely to change the way the members of any social media group are proceeded against for malicious content, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that the presence of all persons in a group, where an obscene video is circulated, makes them an accomplice to the crime.

The ruling by Justice Suvir Sehgal comes in a case where a 16-year-old was left mentally unstable after she was allegedly blackmailed and threatened with molestation. The matter was brought to Justice Sehgal's notice after Jaswinder Singh had filed a petition against the state of Punjab.

Singh was seeking an anticipatory bail in an FIR registered against him on February 5 for outraging modesty, sexual harassment and other offences under Sections 354 and 354-A of the IPC, and the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act at the Ropar police station. The prosecution made a case that the victim was forced to drink, smoke and was even administered injections, when she had gone to her tutor's house. Further, her tutor made an obscene video, blackmailed her and demanded money and jewellery from her. She even uploaded the victim's video in a group, in which the present petitioner and others are members. The victim alleged that the accused used to threaten to molest her and were extracting money from her. Justice Sehgal asserted that the FIR was registered on the statement of the 16-year-old, and it implicated the petitioner.

"Furthermore, the fact that the petitioner was a member of the group, where the objectionable video was circulated makes him an accomplice to the offence. The life of a young girl has been ruined as a result of the abuse that she has gone through in her formative years," Justice Sehgal asserted. Dclining bail, Justice Sehgal added the petitioner was not entitled to the concession, considering the gravity of the offence and the fact that the victim was a minor girl of 13 at the time of when the alleged incident happened. — TNS

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