Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal has sent a notice Facebook, seeking details of all those people who threatened Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur with rape. Maliwal has also asked Facebook to deactivate the accounts from which the threats were issued.

In the notice, Maliwal wrote that Kaur was subjected to “extreme abuse and rape threats” on her Facebook profile.

“The Commission is in receipt of a complaint from her which is self-explanatory and contains relevant screen shots of rape threats and abuse as evidence,” the notice read. “The Commission is of the view that urgent action needs to be taken against the abusers by Facebook and their social media accounts need to be deactivated immediately.”

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Maliwal added that an FIR has already been registered in the matter by Delhi Police after intervention by the DCW. The DCW also asked the social media site to provide complete contact details, IP addresses and any other information available with it which will help identify the abusers.

It also asked it to submit by March 6 what action it took against the social media accounts of those who abused Kaur. Daughter of an army officer killed in the Kargil war, the Lady Shri Ram College student received rape and death threats on social media after launching an online campaign against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

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Although the request to Facebook sounds quite easy, it is possible that DCW may not be able to get the details of all those who abused Maliwal. Not only the number of people who ganged up on the student is huge, the process to get relevant details from websites like Facebook in these instances is often convoluted and complex. “We disclose account records solely in accordance with our terms of service and applicable law. A Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty request or letter rogatory may be required to compel the disclosure of the contents of an account,” Facebook notes in its guidelines on safety centre. With IANS inputs


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