Aurangabad: Assistant commissioner of police Dinesh Kolhe has urged parents and guardians of teenagers to be cautious about their children spending time on social media platforms.
Citing a recent case in which a girl was harassed by one of her Instagram friends, Kolhe said that police had arrested a Hyderabad-based man named Mohammed Sohab Saleem for threatening the girl about leaking her photographs and chats.
Kolhe said that Saleem was arrested by the cyber crime police under the provisions of the Sections 354 (A), sexual harassment and 506 (criminal intimidation) as well as under the provisions of POCSO and IT act. According to police, Saleem had befriended the teenager from the city by sending a friend request on Instagram. He had created a fake account on social media. Unaware of Saleem’s intentions, the girl accepted his friend request and sometime later shared her photos with him. Saleem then started threatening to upload her pictures online.
In view of the incident, police have requested parents and guardians of children to keep an eye on their wards when they use mobile and internet. Teenagers often fall prey to such conmen on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, share chat and other platforms, he said.