Delhi Police registers FIR in Gurmehar case, trying to identify culprits

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The Delhi Police on Tuesday registered an FIR regarding death and rape threats issued to Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur and is in the process of zeroing in on the culprits, a senior officer said.

After the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, a first information report under Section 67 of the Information Technology Act and Sections 354-A (sexual harassment) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code was registered.

“We are in the process of identifying social media sites from where (death and rape) messages were generated and awaiting details from the websites concerned,” Joint Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak said.

“The case has already been transferred to the Crime Branch and all complaints in the matter are being looked into as per the procedure,” Pathak said, adding that Gurmehar had been provided adequate security.

Gurmehar, 20, met DCW chief Swati Maliwal on Monday to complain about the online threats to her ever since the Lady Shri Ram College student launched a social media campaign against Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the students wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, accused of involvement in assault on students, teachers and the media outside Ramjas College on February 22.

The police officer said strict vigil was maintained on the North Campus of Delhi University.

“Besides ensuring adequate security for protest marches held on Monday and Tuesday, we are keeping a strict vigil on the university campus and adjoining areas where teachers and student reside,” said Pathak.

Meanwhile, the ABVP also filed a police complaint, urging prompt and strong action against those threatening Kaur.

“Unfortunately, Gurmehar Kaur has been accusing the ABVP for the threats. But no one from our organisation is involved.

“We, therefore, urge you to promptly identify those who threatened her and take strong action and ensure justice to Gurmehar Kaur,” ABVP media convener Saket Bahuguna said in the complaint submitted at the Maurice Nagar police station.

–IANS

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