Hyderabad: A case has been booked by the Osmania University police against five websites for telecasting the details of the Shadnagar rape-murder victim.
Vijay Gopal, founder of Forum Against Corruption, made a complaint against the websites for their coverage about the incident. “The news has been widely covered by the media houses in the country. However some local/regional media houses are violating the laws and guidelines laid down by the honorable Supreme Court in regard to coverage in such cases,” he stated in the complaint.
Following the complaint, the police booked a case under Section 228A (Whoever prints or publishes the name or any matter which may make known the identity of any person against whom an offence under section 376 was committed) of IPC. On conviction the guilty are awarded a jail term which may extend up to two years or fine).
“A case was booked against the web portals following a complaint made by one Vijay Gopal. As the issue relates to online activity, our superiors have sought legal opinion. Most probably the case will be transferred to the Cyber Crime police station for further investigation,” said the Osmania University police.
Victim’s mobile recovered
The mobile phone of the Shadnagar rape-murder victim was recovered on Thursday from near the spot close to the toll plaza where she was raped and killed on Wednesday last. The police also took the suspects to the scene of offences at Thondupally and Chatanpally for reconstruction of the crime scene.
Earlier in the day, one of the seven teams of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the rape-murder, inspected the truck in which the victim’s body was carried from the Tondupally toll plaza to the Chatanpally culvert where it was burnt. The team examined the truck which was parked on the Shadnagar police station premises in the morning. With the vehicle being one of the important objects impounded in the case, the team examined it in more detail the second time. The driver’s cabin, where the victim’s body was concealed was also examined. Earlier, blood and hair samples were collected from the cabin of the vehicle.
Phone buried in ground
Following the court order, the SIT reportedly took the suspects into custody from the Central Prison in Cherlapally in the wee hours of Thursday and as part of scene reconstruction, took them to Tondupally and Chatanpally areas. Samples were collected by the Clues team and forensic experts. According to sources, based on the information given by the suspects, the victim’s mobile phone was recovered about 500 metres away from the place where she was raped and killed in Tondupally. It is learnt that the suspects had dug up the ground and concealed the device.
On the other hand, due to security reasons, the four suspects are being interrogated in a special cell on the prison premises. The SIT may continue to interrogate them in the same place for a week, during their police custody.
Vulgar comments on rape victim lands youth in soup
The Rachakonda Cybercrime police on Thursday arrested a teenager from Andhra Pradesh for derogatory comments against the Shadnagar rape-murder victim on social media. The arrested was identified as Amarnath (18), from RTC Colony in Kothapeta from Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh.
According to the police, Amarnath a Class X dropout, was earlier working as a helper at a medical shop. He created a profile named ‘Amar Nath’ on Facebook two years ago. Recently, he posted vulgar comments on the Shadnagar rape-murder victim woman. “His comment went viral on social media and subsequently he deleted the comment and the Facebook account as well is fearing a case,” police said.
Based on a complaint lodged on December 1, the Rachakonda police booked a case and with the help of technical evidence, arrested the youngster from his house and brought him to Hyderabad where he was produced before court and remanded in judicial custody.
The Rachakonda police warned citizens not to post derogatory posts on social media defaming any individual. In case they do so, they will have to face legal consequences. Officials further said the details of rape victim including her photos, name and address should not be disclosed on media platforms and social media, or else cases will be booked against the responsible.