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Why female leaders are being targeted?

Women become victims of lewd messages and many of them don’t come forward to file compliant with the police.

After the declaration of results of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) election, women politicians have started receiving obscene messages on their mobile phones. Congress MLA Varsha Gaikwad has become the latest victim of lewd messages after Shiv Sena spokesperson Dr Neelam Gorhe and BJP spokesperson Shaina NC had complained about receiving such messages. Thus a question which arises here is women leaders being targeted in politics? Who is responsible for committing this offence? Sending obscene messages is punishable under the IT act.

“With the advancement of technology there has been a sharp rise in cyber- crime incidents. Women become victims of lewd messages and many of them don’t come forward to file compliant with the police. Even if women file a complaint they are unable to get justice. Many times it becomes difficult for the police to trace the identity of the accused and the origin from where such messages are being sent,” said a cyber-crime expert.

“Today it has become vital for women to safeguard their online privacy and they must not befriend strangers on social networking sites and chat applications. They also should enhance their privacy settings. If they are being stalked online then women should come forward to register complaint with the cyber police station,” he added.

Varsha Gaikwad had filed a complaint with the Wadala Police station for receiving obscene messages. The police have registered a complaint and have already started a probe in this regard.

She said, “Some miscreants have sent me vulgar messages on the occasion of civic body election. They are sending messages to distract the attention of women leaders during polls. Since many women leaders have received lewd messages hence we will raise this matter in the assembly.”

“Since women are today considered at par with men they have become insecure and hence they are indulging these acts. If women politicians are becoming victims of lewd messages then imagine the plight of other helpless women,” she added.

Gaikwad is a former Cabinet Minister and presently represents the Dharavi constituency in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Last week, Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe registered a complaint with Mumbai and Pune police after repeatedly receiving threats of rape and murder on her phone.

Later BJP spokesperson Shaina NC also lodged a complaint with the Mumbai police for receiving lewd text messages from an unidentified person. On Sunday, the police identified the accused to be Jayantkumar Singh, a BJP activist from Varanasi.

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