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Members of a Social Media Group Where Objectionable Content Is Circulated Are to Be Considered As Accomplice to the Offence: P&H HC [Read Order]

Lawstreet Journal 28 Jul 2020 2:50am

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in one of its rulings last week, held that the fact that a person is a member of a social media group, where any objectionable content is circulated, makes him/her liable for the related offenses, considering him/her as being an accomplice for the same.

The matter was listed for hearing before Justice Suvir Sehgal. The case, relating to anticipatory bail of a 26-year-old unmarried girl, was filed through an FIR under Sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354-A (Sexual harassment), 384 (Extortion) and 120-B IPC, and Section 8 (Sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

Facts of the case-

A 16-year-old girl filed a complaint stating that around 3 years ago, she used to visit the house of a woman (namely, Madam Supriya) for tuitions. There she was forced by that lady to drink and smoke. The lady also administered some injections and made obscene videos of the girl. Then, she blackmailed the girl and demanded money as well as jewelry, added the victim.

The lady had also uploaded the video in a social media group, of which she was a member along with the present petitioner (namely, Paramjeet Kaur) and four other males. They used to threaten and molest the girl, she added and extracted money from her.

The victim stated that she did not report the incident to her parents because she was scared that they would chastise her. The victim’s statement was duly… Continue Reading...


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