“After we came to know, we registered an FIR under Sections 465 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and Sections 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) and 67A (publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act in electronic form) of the IT Act. We are probing the matter and collecting all technical evidence.”
As per Hindustan Times, even the authorities of a South Delhi school filed a complaint at Saket police station and the Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) issued notices to Instagram and the police.
“In their complaint, school authorities requested police to investigate the incident. Police, using technical surveillance, got the registered number of the 15-year-old, who had allegedly shared a photograph on the group. His phone was switched off. After finding his address, he was apprehended on Monday evening.”
As per TOI, the private group had 21 members from 3-4 different schools and some from colleges. Another officer was quoted saying,
“We interviewed the minor and he told us they were not morphing pictures of their classmates but of random public accounts on Instagram. He said he did not know many people in the group as they were from other schools. After screenshots of the alleged group went viral, the group was deleted and another was created as ‘lockerroom 2.0’ in which girls were also added. We have also come across some conversations on Snapchat.”
As the authorities take the first step, we hope they would conduct a speedy investigation and soon the culprits will be put behind bars.