Goa witnesses more FIRs for Facebook activities. In a latest development, an FIR has been filed against an NRI for uploading a morphed photo on Facebook of Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar in a pink swimsuit last week.
A local resident of Goa, Pradeep Bakhle, has registered the complaint against Goa born Savio Almeida on the grounds accusing Facebook users of uploading and circulating the morphed photo. The FIR has been filed under sections 66(B) and 67 of the Information Technology Act, informed Ponda Deputy Superintendent of Police Dinraj Govekar.
The case has been now forwarded to the Cyber Cell who are looking into the matter.
The PWD minister had recently gained attention for his remark regarding how young girls wearing short skirts in nightclub are a threat to Goan culture. “Young girls wearing short skirts in nightclubs are a threat to the Goan culture. This habit of young girls wearing short dresses everywhere does not fit the Goan culture. We should not allow this. It should be stopped.”
He also advised women to stop drinking because he felt that it is not good for their health and felt that “wearing bikinis should be banned on Goa’s beaches.”
These irrational remarks by the minister irked the media as well as Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who ruled out banning wearing of the swimwear on the state’s beaches.
Seeing the backlash and finding no support from the Goa CM, the PWD minster Dhavalikar withdrew his controversial comment. Dhavalikar, whose Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party is an ally of ruling BJP, said he did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiment and the comment was made purely in the interest of safety of women on Goa’s beaches.
This isn’t the first case from Goa which is witnessing undue attention for Facebook activities.
Earlier in the month of May, an FIR was filed against Devu Chodankar,a young Goan ship building professional. The Cyber Crime cell investigating the case claimed that his Facebook post was a larger game plan to “promote communal and social disharmony” in the state. Last development in the case was the local court rejecting his anticipatory bail plea.