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Delhi teen held in Instagram chat group case

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On Tuesday, Delhi Police held one of the members, a schoolboy from a prominent South Delhi school who in turn identified at least 20 more boys who were a part of the group. The detained accused would be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB). After the police registered the case, many students in the group have gone underground.

Leaked screenshots of the private Instagram chat group have stirred up a storm over rape culture in the country after numerous boys were allegedly seen sharing photos of underage girls, objectifying them, and planning "gang rapes". An FIR under Sections 465 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 469 (forgery for goal of harming reputation), 509 (word, gesture or act meant to insult the modesty of a woman) and Sections 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) and 67A (publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act in electronic form) of the IT Act has been filed, DCP (Cyber Cell) Anyesh Roy told The Indian Express.

A case has been registered under section 465 (forgery), 471 (using forged document), 469 (Forgery for goal of harming reputation), 509 (intending to insult the modesty of any woman) of the IPC and 67 and 67A of the Information Technology (IT) Act at the Cyber Cell of the Delhi police.

Apart from this, another complaint was filed at a police station in North Delhi by a parent in connection with this Instagram group.

The Tweeples are talking about a heart-wrenching incident which they came close by as a Twitter user shared some details of boys chat group in which the young boys are talking about gang-raping girls. The Commission also asked whether Instagram had apprised the police of the matter and sought details by May 8.

Police believe the Instagram group was created in the last week of March by boys studying in celebrated schools.

Reports said that the police have also found some of the members of the group are aged above 18 years.

Following the outcry, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) took cognizance of the matter and issued a statement, demanding strict action against the members and the admins of the group.

A social media user, who also flagged posts from the group, wrote on Twitter, "I have never in my life been so furious".

"We are issuing a notice to Instagram and Delhi Police".

Mr Duggal said authorities had to send a strong message, and that the law had to "come up with a very strong hand" against the members of the group to discourage such behaviour from recurring.

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