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15 year old held in connection with Delhi Boys Locker Room chats

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Cyber-cell of Delhi police has reportedly held a 15 year in relation with the Delhi boys locker room chats on Instagram which shared and circulated pictures of women and discussed their private parts. Screenshots, purportedly of the ‘Bois Locker Room’ were widely shared on social media in the last 24 hours. According to the Indian Express, parents have lodged a complain in Saket Police Station in South Delhi. The #boyslockerroom trended and went viral leading many women to out such groups, share what goes on and also question the ‘patriarchal privilege’ with which these boys discuss and share. Social media saw many questions being raised about what occupies our teenagers today. This has not just got school authorities concerned, it has the parent community in shock and concern about their children’s safety.

The 15-year-old teen identified 20 other members who were active on the now-deleted group, reported ANI.

 

Also Read: Why boys locker room incident has roots in our family WhatsApp groups

According to the report published in the Indian Express newspaper, the school authorities have also sanctioned a detailed investigation into the matter. The cases are registered are under Sections 465 (forgery), 471 (using a forged document or record), 509 (gesture intended to outrage modesty of a woman), and Section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) as per the report.

What happened?

Screenshots of an Instagram group chat of young Delhi boys called “boys locker room” was recently busted for glorifying gang rape. Teenaged boys have reportedly been sharing pictures of girls, some as young as 15-16, objectifying them, morphing their pictures, using abusive language and talking about ‘gang raping girls’. Delhi Commission for Women and other groups sought police interference. Read what women had to say, here.

“Wasn’t active”

One of the boys in this group posted a long public apology.  “I am sorry. I have a whole life ahead of me. I don’t want some stupid testosterone-fuelled decisions to spoil it,” he said. A few users have the justification that they weren’t active in the group and didn’t say anything. But don’t they need to realise that by being a part of the group, not reporting it, not leaving it, not calling it out, they enabled such action?

The Boys Locker Room is a mirror to our society? Time to pay attention to this. Because you wouldn’t even know it – just how Boys Locker Rooms could form the bottom tier of rape culture. Read more on the issue by clicking here.

Also Read: Teenage Wasteland, Locker Rooms key to widespread rape culture.

Story was updated with the ANI tweet