Indian Police Nabs Boy For Participating In An IG Group Chat
Indian police have taken a 15-year-old boy into custody for participating in an Instagram group chat that shared images of underage girls and made lewd comments about them.
The group, “Bois Locker Room”, is believed to comprise young schoolboys in the capital, Delhi.
Screenshots of chats on the group have been shared widely on social media.
The incident has caused outrage in Delhi, which is already seen as one of India’s most unsafe cities for women.
Several Instagram users who had been made aware of its existence began posting about the group and calling out members for their behaviour.
It turned out that members were sharing images of their classmates and other underage girls without their knowledge or consent along with crude comments ranging from body shaming to jokes on sexual assault and rape.
The screenshots began to be widely shared on WhatsApp as well as Twitter and other social media platforms.
Shubham Singh, a cyber expert who works closely with law enforcement and was one of the first people to begin investigating the group, has cautioned that many of these screenshots look edited.
He added that there appeared to be a mix of images from this group and some similar groups that exist on other social media platforms like Snapchat.
He said he started looking into the group after some Instagram users got in touch with him and sent him screenshots.
“I tried to investigate it properly but no-one was coming forward to file a complaint. So we tried to find out who was behind the group. They had deleted their Instagram accounts but through the screenshots and some tools, I was able to trace them,” he said.
Mr Singh then passed on the information to the police, which has now led to one teenager being taken into custody.
Police say they started their investigations after being made aware of the matter, but have told local media that a school had also filed a criminal complaint over the same case.
They are likely to bring more members of the group into custody soon, they added