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India’s Cyber Crime Police Station Solves Its First Case – Facebook Harassment

The recently-established Cyber Crime Police Station at the police headquarters in Itanagar, India has started operations with the registration of its First Information Report (FIR). The first case registered relates to section six of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and section 67 of the IT Act.

On February 3, a complaint was received from a woman that an unknown person had posted an abusive post on Facebook against her. The complaint was lodged and an investigation done. The accused was identified and apprehended by the police as Kakhio Pao aka Akash from Pao village under Sawa circle in East Kameng district. Pao was married twice and has five children.

A statement from the police said that his second wife had reportedly left him without speaking to him. Incidentally, the victim in this case and his second wife have the same name. Pao is reported to have mistaken the victim’s Facebook account to be of his second wife’s and began abusing her. He was arrested and later released on bail, the police said.

The cyber crime police station was notified on February 8 for “registration, investigation and prosecution of offences under The Information Technology Act, 2000 (Act 21 of 2000) and any other offences under any other law”.

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