Watch out while using WhatsApp: Judge to women

Watch out while using WhatsApp: Judge to women

WhatsApp users, especially women, need to be careful before placing a picture as their profile photo and while sharing their pictures with their friends or other WhatsApp Groups, as prevention is better than cure, a judge of the Madras High Court has warned.

The Madras High Court on Wednesday refused to grant anticipatory bail to a youth who allegedly abducted and raped a minor girl, videographed it and threatened her that it would be uploaded on WhatsApp.

Justice S Vaidyanathan of the Madrasw HC said that “considering the facts and circumstances of the case and also taking note of the heinous offence committed by the accused, this court is not inclined to grant the relief sought by the petitioner”, the judge said.

The prosecution alleged that the accused, Ajith of Modakkurichi, Erode abducted and raped the victim, a minor girl, and threatened to spread obscene pictures of her through WhatsApp.

“This court also observes that cyber crimes, that too through WhatsApp are increasing day-by-day. Though good messages are also shared through WhatsApp, instances like this are quite common nowadays”.

Though good messages are also shared through WhatsApp, instances like that of the petitioner herein are quite common nowadays. Technological advancement should be a boon and not be a bane to the existing peaceful living of the mankind, he said.

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