A Twitter Account Falls Silent After Police Complaint

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A Twitter Account Falls Silent After Police Complaint

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New Delhi: 

An anonymous Twitter handle which built up a wide following for its salacious gossip fell silent on Friday after a woman journalist complained to police over a series of sexually offensive posts.

Broadcaster and author Swati Chaturvedi said she had decided to take action against the @LutyensInsider account after it posted a series of slurs and accusations linking her to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.

"I first laughed (at the posts) then tried to ignore them and finally decided I had to act against the disgusting slander" Ms Chaturvedi told AFP.

"The posts may have been hurriedly deleted but I am confident that the investigators will soon reveal the harasser's true identity" she added.

@LutyensInsider has around 40,000 followers making it one of the country's most popular Twitter accounts. But Ms Chaturvedi's decision to no longer put up with what she described as persistent "character assassination" was widely applauded by her colleagues on social media.

"Well done Swati. You are brave and diligent for taking out time to do this" Smita Prakash, news editor of the Delhi-based Asian News International (ANI), said on Twitter.

Ms Chaturvedi said one of the reasons for taking action was that she wanted to prevent Twitter from becoming another vehicle to harass women. "Women get molested on the streets of India... Are we going to have the same thing virtually as well?" she said.

"This is why I am committed to taking this case to its logical conclusion, which is, the individual behind this account going to jail."

While police have confirmed they received the complaint, they have made no announcement about any arrests.|

Amid speculation about its identity, @LutyensInsider has now deleted all the offending posts and changed the name of the account.

With India's traditional media rarely reporting on the private lives of politicians, the gossip spun by @LutyensInsider and other similar accounts such as @LutyensSpice and @LutyensMasala has been eagerly lapped up.

 



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