Boys Locker Room : Delhi Boys’ Rape Chat Planning Viral
New Delhi : A Twitter user tweeted about an Instagram chat group named ‘Boy’s Locker Room’ on 3 May. In this tweet, the user said that there are hundreds of South Delhi boys in the Instagram group, who allegedly share photos of minor girls. The user said that the girls in the group are objectified and ‘gang-rape’ is planned.
A South Delhi girl shared a screenshot of the chat group on Twitter and wrote, “This Instagram group of 17-18 year old South Delhi boys share pictures of girls of their own age. Two boys from my school are the part of this group. Me and my friends are scared and my mother wants me to leave Instagram.”
Allegedly, boys studying in class 11 and 12 share morphed photos of minor girls on this group. Makes lewd comments about girls, does body and slut shaming.
The screenshot shared on Twitter shows that the boys have also made many comments about the rape. Such as – ‘We can rape her easily’ and ‘Wherever you say I will come. We will gang rape her ‘.
The Uttar Pradesh police told Quint that they were waiting for the parents to make a formal complaint. Therefore, no case has been registered yet.
Taking cognizance of this case, the Cybercrime Cell of Delhi Police has started investigation. A case has been registered based on social media reports. Morphing photos and sharing photos of private part of people can be a violation of section 66E of IT Act and section 354C of IPC.
The group members have allegedly changed their usernames after the screenshot went viral. Meanwhile, another Instagram page ‘Boy’s Locker Room 2.0’ was also created.
In December 2019, a top rank school in Mumbai suspended 8 boys aged 13-14. These boys made violent and sexual comments about their female classmates on a WhatsApp group.
According to a media report, above 100 pages of chat shows that the boys were body shaming and the words ‘rape’, ‘gang bang’ were also used.
During the entire chat, the girls were reportedly addressed as ‘garbage’. When two girls refused to go to school, their mothers talked to the school administration and the matter came to light.
Many Twitter users called for action against these boys, clearly describing the ‘Boy’s Locker Room’ chat as sexual harassment. He said that behavior stems from that toxic masculinity, which is hidden in the phrase ‘boyswill remain boys ‘.
Bois locker room is straight up sexual harassment. If you're even thinking about defending it you're complicit in every form of discomfort and abuse a girl has faced since puberty, sometimes even before. Stop normalising this under the garb of 'boys will be boys' it's disgusting.
— Shreemi Verma (@shreemiverma) May 3, 2020
I’m disgusted to my very core but the fact that I’m not at all shocked and there are people who are defending these 16-17 y/o delhi monsters is beyond me.
I told my mom about this situation and my her response was ‘delhi se aur umeed bhi kya rakh sakte hai’
— womanasi (@euphoricasf) May 3, 2020
Delhi Women’s Commission sent notice to Instagram
Delhi Women’s Commission chairperson Swati Maliwal has issued a notice to the Delhi Police and Instagram in this matter. Maliwal wrote on Twitter that this act is evidence of a disgusting, criminal and rapist mentality.
इंस्टाग्राम पर "boys locker room" नाम के एक ग्रुप के स्क्रीनशॉट देखे। ये हरकत एक घिनौनी,अपराधी और बलात्कारी मानसिकता का प्रमाण है। मामले को संज्ञान में लेते हुए पुलिस और इंस्टाग्राम को नोटिस जारी कर रहे हैं। इस ग्रुप के सभी लड़के अरेस्ट होने चाहिए, एक कड़ा संदेश देने की ज़रूरत है https://t.co/8C4PsAqz3h
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) May 4, 2020
DCW chief @SwatiJaiHind issues notice to Instagram and Delhi Police in the matter of a group named "boys locker room" being used by some miscreants to share objectionable pictures of minor girls and planning illegal acts such as rape of minor girls. #boyslockerroom pic.twitter.com/PyzxGCv7kt
— Delhi Commission for Women – DCW (@DCWDelhi) May 4, 2020
Women’s Congress blamed central government
The Women’s Congress has blamed the central government for this whole case, because this case is from Delhi. The Mahila Congress also called it sexual harassment and said that cyber-crime against women has increased in lockdown.
The disgusting 'Bois Room Locker' scandal is nothing but sexual harassment !
Central Govt is responsible because its a Delhi case.
Cyber crimes against women during lockdown have spiked.
— All India Mahila Congress (@MahilaCongress) May 4, 2020