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30 January 2015

Northeast Students Allege Online Racial Abuse

By Raj Shekhar

New Delhi, Jan 30 : In what appears to be a disturbing trend, a number of students from Meghalaya studying in Delhi have approached police alleging that someone has hurled racial abuses at them on a social networking site in the past few months.

According to the complainants, a particular Facebook page titled, "Save the Hindus of Himalaya", has carried objectionable messages targeting Khasi students. The Economic Offences Wing has lodged an FIR under Section 66 (A) of the IT Act and IPC 153(A) (spreading hatred between two groups).

While Facebook has blocked the page, police are yet to receive the IP address of the user. They said the accused will be arrested once they receive his coordinates. Data released by the northeast cell of Delhi Police reveal that it has registered 28 cases of cyber crime in the past eight months.

In the complaint submitted to the joint commissioner, Satish Golcha, the Meghalaya students' union has said the Facebook page has been active for more than a year, but in the past few weeks, its administrator has shown more aggression in "his" tone. "There have also been incidents of him instigating people to physically harm those from Meghalaya, especially the Khasis. As students from the state of Meghalaya, we feel that our people, especially the students are disturbed and scared with this kind of language being used in social media," said the complainant, Simon Duncan Kharsohtun. A senior police officer said a complaint from Simon and other students from Meghalaya was received. "During inquiry, a notice was sent to Facebook (USA) to provide the details of the page.

Facebook has intimated that the page has been blocked but we have asked for further information," the officer said. Between May 9 and January 29, police received 1,010 distress calls, of these 780 were crime-related. A total of 290 FIRs were registered on these calls in the past eight months.

South district, which has the maximum number of people from the northeast, has recorded 320 complaints while the southeast Delhi stands second with 66 complaints. Northwest district has received 52 complaints, southwest 51, north 48, west 41, east 22, central 18, New Delhi 16, outer 13 and northeast district, which has the least population, has received merely 7 complaints.

Among the police stations in south Delhi, Vasant Vihar received 71 complaints, Safdarjung Enclave 59, Malviya Nagar 29, Kotla 28, Mukherjee Nagar 28, Vasant Kunj 47, Timarpur 17, Mehrauli 19, and South Campus and RK Puram 17 each.

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