Fake Orkut Profile of Delhi Schoolgirl as ‘Sex Teacher’ posted
Google-owned social networking site, Orkut, has for some or the other reason always managed to land itself in trouble in India. After the ‘Shivaji Community’ fiasco, this time around it’s the issue of a malicious profile of a Delhi schoolgirl getting uploaded on the site. The mischief mongers have actually posted obscene photographs and contact details such as her home address and telephone numbers on the profile, using suggestive names like ‘sex teacher’ for her.
The matter came to light after the girl’s family started receiving vulgar calls; thereafter her father contacted the Cyber Cell of Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing. According to the Delhi police sources, the girl is a student in a South Delhi school. Her father told the police that somebody has misused the social networking website to fake her profile and circulate obscene stuff on her profile. The family received the first call almost a month back where the caller wanted to speak to her, following a series of similar calls, referring to Orkut.
This is the second incident demonstrating Orkut’s misuse in New Delhi in less than three weeks. Earlier this month, an air-hostess had moved court here, alleging that someone has opened an account in her name on the website, in which she was described as a “sex struck woman.”
Though Google Inc. has not commented on either of the cases yet, the trauma felt by the girls and their families is quite imaginable. Especially in the case of the Delhi schoolgirl, where the family had two strangers knocking at their door a fortnight ago, telling them that the girl had invited them for sex through Internet.
In her plea, the airhostess claims the act has lowered her image and reputation in the eyes of her family members and neighbors. She also said that she had written to the National Commission for Women and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry against her criminal defamation, but no action has been taken so far.
Police said a case has been registered and investigations were on.
Though Orkut’s homepage reads that it is ‘an online community that connects people through a network of trusted friends,’ we wonder how ‘trustworthy’ the people really are.