Woman faces online tirade for tweeting on Dipa, files case

JAIPUR/NEW DELHI: The Rajasthan Police have lodged a case against cyber harassers for issuing threats to a Jaipur woman on Twitter and later circulating her pictures. The harassment began on Sunday and could only be resolved by Monday after she posted an online plea for help to Union minister for external affairs Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, and Union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi.

A case has been lodged under Section 67 and 66 D of the IT Act, 2000 at the Pratapnagar police station in the Pink City. “We need to trace some IP addresses,” said Sanjay Agarwal, commissioner of police, Jaipur.
The 26-year-old woman began to receive threats of sexual violence on Sunday after she tweeted about how she felt “conflicted” about gymnast Dipa Karmarkar+ ‘s vault final at the Rio Olympics.
Over a series of tweets, she had written: “It is an incredible achievement, of course but gymnasts from richer countries don’t have to perform the Produnova+ , called the death vault, to gain points. They can do easier vaults, and execute it better because: better infrastructure, better training, better everything. Tonight, she is going to risk her life to win an Olympic medal. Life is not worth any medal, for any damned country.”
Agarwal said that the police were apprised of the matter by Raje, following which they visited the complainant. Kunwar Rastradeep, DCP (East) told TOI: “After speaking to her we have lodged a case and are investigating the matter. We have also sought some other Twitter data from her. We will help her and definitely trace the abusers. However, I asked her why she used the word ‘damn’ for any country.”
The woman corroborated the same in later tweets, saying: “The police left. They registered a complaint against online abuse. But I was questioned on using the word ‘damned’. I told them I hadn’t used the word for India. So they let it go.”
Top Comment

She erred in using the word ”damned”. But her concern for Dipa seems to be otherwise genuine.