Four people have been arrested by the Delhi Police cyber crime cell in connection with a First Information Report (FIR) filed by journalist Barkha Dutt alleging harassment on social media.
Dutt had, in February, registered an FIR with the cyber cell stating that she was receiving threatening phone calls, messages and WhatsApp calls from unknown people, according to The Indian Express.
The report further stated that during questioning the accused told the police that they found Dutt’s number on social media, where someone had shared it claiming it was for “escort services”.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) had also urged Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik on 19 February to initiate “speedy investigation” into the matter.
In the letter to the police chief, the commission said it has come across media reports about Dutt’s allegation that she had received threat calls and had been harassed on social media after she offered to help Kashmiris who were being targeted following the Pulwama attack.
Dutt had alleged that she “had close to 1,000 abusive messages and calls in a coordinated and violent mob attack.”
(With PTI inputs)