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‘Bois Locker Room’: Girl impersonates as a boy; joins chat

May 12, 2020

Following a series of investigation on the Instagram group ‘Bois Locker Room’ run by teenage boys which was used to share obscene messages and morphed pictures of underage girls, it was revealed that one of the conversations shared in the group regarding a gang rape was actually a girl sent to a boy using a fake account.

According to Anyesh Roy, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Cyber Cell, “Investigation has revealed that the alleged conversation is actually between a girl and a boy in which the girl is sending chat messages through a fictional account in a social media named ‘Siddharth’. Using the fake identity of a male person, she suggested in the chat, a plan to sexually assault herself.”

Roy added that the girl wanted to check the reaction of the receiver and “the strength of his character, especially when someone talks bad things about the girl herself.”

He also said, “The receiver, also a juvenile, declined to participate in any such plan suggested by ‘Siddharth’ and stopped further communication with ‘him’. Then he sent a screenshot of the messages and showed it to his friends, including the girl about whom the hypothetical conversation of sexual assault took place. However, the girl, being aware of the fact that the account of ‘Siddharth’ was created by herself, did not report it to anyone. Meanwhile, one of the other recipients of the screenshot posted it as a separate story, from where it started circulating in connected social media accounts of friends, schoolmates, etc.”

“When the Bois Locker Room screenshots were revealed to others and started circulating on social media, the alleged previous conversation also got mixed with it due to its sensational nature and due to its availability in different student groups,” Roy added.

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) sent a notice to Instagram about the screenshots of the private chat group. It read, “This commission has received a number of screenshots related to this group which are extremely objectionable and explicitly mention rape threats to even minor girls. Members of this group also have personal information about these minor girls.”

Earlier a Delhi school boy was taken into police custody on May 4 in connection to the ‘Bois Locker Room’ controversy. As many as 22 other boys have also have been identified and would be called for an investigation.

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A case was registered under section 465 (forgery), 471 (using forged document), 469 (Forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 509 (intending to insult the modesty of any woman) of the IPC and 67 and 67A of the Information Technology (IT) Act at cyber cell of Delhi police.

Also read: Gender sensitisation should begin early at home and school: Experts

Source: Free Press Journal

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