Fact-check site founder booked for doxing girl in Delhi | Delhi News

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NEW DELHI: Acting on a complaint of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Delhi Police‘s Cyber Cell has booked Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair for allegedly doxing a minor girl to troll a Twitter user who he claimed was her grandfather. Zubair apparently tweeted the photo of the girl when arguing with the grandfather, a Twitter user.
NCPCR took cognisance of the doxing, which involves putting private information into public domain, from Zubair’s Twitter handle @zoo_bear after receiving several complaints regarding the tweet and the comments on the thread. In its police complaint, the child rights panel alleged the incident took place on August 7, when Zubair got into an online spat with the Twitter user. In the course of the argument, he dug out photos of the user with the minor girl and asking him how his granddaughter would feel about his tweets. Though Zubair blurred the photograph of the girl, he allegedly left the grandfather’s photograph untouched, leaving open the possibility of the girl being identified.
A string of comments followed on the thread, some in which users threatened the minor girl with rape. Despite the turn the thread took, Zubair is alleged to have kept on arguing with the grandfather. In its complaint, NCPCR has attached the screenshots of the thread along with the Twitter handles from which abuse was directed at the child.
A Cyber Cell officer said that an FIR had been registered under various provisions of the Information Technology Act, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and Section 509 of the Indian Penal Code (insulting the modesty of a woman). NCPCR has also asked Twitter India officials to appear before the commission after their reply to the panel’s queries were found unsatisfactory.
On Saturday, NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo tweeted that the action-taken report received by the commission said an FIR was filed against the accused for threatening and torturing a girl child on social media. The tweet added, “As per the request made by Twitter India, 10 days have been provided to them to submit relevant information.”
TOI tried getting in touch with Alt News for a response, but all phone calls and messages went unanswered.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)



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