A sub inspector probing dowry case of a woman has been suspended. The accused cop identified as Ajay Prakash Singh sent the woman complainant inappropriate messages and videos on WhatsApp. The woman went to the police for registering a complain of harassment for dowry . She recently had a fallout with her in-laws following which a case was registered at Sikandrabad police station.

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The Suspended Cop

Singh works as a police outpost in-charge in Bulandshahr. He asked for women’s number and later went on to sharing inappropriate messages and videos. The screenshots of the inappropriate messages have been doing a round on internet.

After the confirmation of allegations on him during preliminary investigation, Senior Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Singh suspended him. He also issued orders for a departmental inquiry into the matter.

SSP Singh said that he received information about the case through his personal sources. He launched an investigation even as an official complaint was not filed. SSP Singh added, “The accused policeman was suspended and another officer was deputed to probe into the harassment case.”

What You Should Know:

  • UP Police suspended for sending inappropriate messages and videos to a woman.
  • The woman was a complainant regarding a dowry case against her in-laws.
  • The accused inspector works as a police outpost in-charge in Bulandhshahr.

Recent Such Occurrences

Women being sent obscene pictures and inappropriate messages has always been a matter of concern. The indecent practice has increased during the pandemic period.  On August 18, two cops were suspended for allegedly misbehaving with a woman. Read more about it here

Another such incident came into light a fortnight back. A man was arrested from his residence in Adarsh Nagar for allegedly sending obscene videos and photos to a woman.

Curbing Online Abuse

With such reports becoming redundant, it is necessary that people are aware of what one might do if something similar happens to them.

  • Reach out to National Commission for Women, they now have a WhatsApp number 7217735372
  • To report, the receiver of abusive message should take a screenshot of the message along with the mobile number and mail it to ccaddn-dot@nic.in.
  • Also, Section 66A of the IT (Amendment) Act, 2008 prohibits the sending of offensive messages through a communication device (i.e. through an online medium). Section 354A,354C,354D,499 of the IPC are another provisions under which women can book someone for online abuse.

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Sanskriti Tiwari is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.

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