Police Suspended For Inaction In Kerala Woman Suicide Over Obscene Facebook Posts

Sub Inspector suspended for inaction in the Kerala woman case who had committed suicide over obscene Facebook posts by her neighbor

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A 27-year-old housewife from Kerala hanged herself on Sunday night after local police failed to act against obscene Facebook posts made on her by a neighbour. An IBN Live report now states that the Sub Inspector of Cheranallor police station has been suspended for not acting on her complaint.

Close relatives of the deceased woman identified as Vijitha, had allegedly accused police inaction following her suicide. The deceased woman had filed complaints at Cheranaloor police station that her relative Ratheesh, had posted some obscene messages about her on Facebook two-and-a-half months ago. The Facebook comments alleged she was having links with several men and that also contained some “sexually coloured comments” against her.

She first complained on December 23, 2013 and wanted her case to be filed under Section 66A of the IT Act. After the police refused to act, she had filed a High Court plea on January 15 alleging police inaction. The HC had asked the Cheranelloor police to file a statement but the police team failed to do that.

Yesterday, G Vidhyadhara Kumar, Sub Inspector, Cheranaloor police station told the New Indian Express that it is incorrect to say that police did not take action. “We got an oral complaint, following which we called Ratheesh and Vijitha to the police station. Following which Ratheesh had deleted obscene posts about her from Facebook,“ he had justified.

Kochi city police commissioner K.G. James told the Asian Age, “There was no material for us to probe under the IT Act. The comments were removed soon after the complaint was lodged.”

Vijitha, in her plea, had argued that civil and criminal cases were pending between her father and neighbour for the past four years, over a land dispute. She had also alleged that Ratheesh had shared the obscene Facebook messages with a close friend.

Meanwhile, the accused Ratheesh is claiming to not having made any Facebook posts on her. The cyber cell has been called to find out if there were any such posts or messages on her Facebook and mobile phone, that led to her suicide.