NCPCR Calls on Delhi HC for Full Investigation Against Fact Checker Zubair

The National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) said in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday that the Delhi Police’s allegation that “no offences were found” against fact-checker Mohammed Zubair in a case of an alleged threat to a girl on Twitter was “incorrect”.

The NCPCR has asked the High Court to order the police to fully investigate the case and conclude it as soon as possible, saying the Delhi police’s stance reveals the authorities’ “hands-off attitude”.

The case will be heard on December 7.

Delhi Police had filed a First Information Report (FIR) on NCPCR’s complaint against Zubair in August last year for allegedly threatening a girl on Twitter.

The NCPCR complaint referenced a photo of the girl and her father that Zubair tweeted during a heated online argument with the child’s father.

The child rights organization claimed Zubair had tried to evade investigation and failed to cooperate with police based on information provided by police in their May situation report.

NCPCR said in its affidavit to the Delhi High Court. stated that “the applicant’s dishonest intention to conceal the facts is obvious, which is considered to cause a serious delay in the investigation of this case. is also incorrect and indicates the casual attitude of the police in this case. “

Retweeting the girl’s photo, according to the NCPCR, put her safety at risk, exposed her to online harassment and helped her father reveal his identity.

The NCPCR further added that “the comments made on the underage girl’s photo also included comments that were in the nature of sexual harassment and were considered to violate the provisions of the POCSO Act, the IPC Act and the computer science”.

The affidavit states that Zubair neither deleted the tweet nor notified authorities of Twitter users who made abusive comments.

The children’s rights body asked the court to order a full investigation into the affidavit. “In view of the violations committed against the minor girl in the said case and the information provided by the Delhi Police in their Situation Report dated 14th May 2022, the NCPCR requests this court to order the Delhi Police to conduct a thoroughly investigate this case and complete the same as a matter of priority,” the statement read.

Police were ordered not to use coercive measures against Zubair in the case by the High Court in September last year. Additionally, he instructed Twitter India to assist the police in their investigation.

Zubair called the FIR an “absolutely frivolous complaint.” His lawyer claimed that a man belittled, abused and even posted remarks with strong community overtones on Zubair’s Twitter page in retaliation for his tweets.

The fact-checker later posted the poster photo of the man standing with his underage daughter, whose face was blurred by Mr Zubair.

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Virginia C. Taylor