Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) took suo moto (on its own) action against online abuse for allegedly outraging the modesty and questioning the character of pregnant Safoora Zargar. A Jamia Millia student arrested under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA); for her alleged involvement in Northeast Delhi riots earlier this year.
The Commission has issued a notice to the Delhi Police. To take immediate action against trolls for running a “vilification campaign” against the research scholar who is pregnant. Chief Swati Maliwal, wrote on Twitter that the courts would decide if Zargar is guilty or not; but the way trolls have outraged her modesty and maligned her character is shameful.
Character Assassination of Zargar
In the notice issued to the Delhi police, the Commission states that it received multiple complaints regarding the character assassination of Zargar. The notice also states that a vilification campaign is running against her and her unborn child on social media platforms. Explicitly, sexist remarks have been made against Zargar. The notice also highlights that some comments on social media went on to threaten Zargar’s family.
The Commission states that the accused research scholar’s case is sub-judice (under judicial consideration and therefore prohibited from public discussion elsewhere) and the courts will decide. But, “the same does not give anyone the right to outrage her modesty or abuse her or her family.”
Details asked by Delhi Commission For Women
Calling this matter “serious”, the Commission has asked Delhi Police to bring the culprits to justice. Also, the notice asks the Delhi Police to provide the following details before May 10, 2020: A copy of FIR registered in the matter, details of accused identified and arrested, and measures taken to remove the posts and comments outraging the modesty of the pregnant research scholar.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission for Women took another suo moto action yesterday. The commission took up a complaint against the infamous ‘Bois Locker Room’ group.