Journalist turned activist arrested for posting objectionable comments about female judges, officers

Journalist turned activist arrested for posting objectional comments about female judges, officers
Ketan Tirodkar (inset) has been sent to police custody till December 11

The cyber cell of Mumbai police on Thursday arrested former journalist and activist Ketan Tirodkar for allegedly using objectionable language about women on social media.

The arrest was made in connection with a complaint filed against the 52-year-old journalist turned activist by one of the women depicted in the posts at Bandra Kurla Complex Cyber Police Station on July 21.

According to the complaint, Tirodkar made insulting remarks and used abusive language about certain women in some of his posts and comments on Facebook.

The allegations and insults were directed at female judges, police officials, government officers and journalists among others.

A case under IPC sections 509 (act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation), 500 (defamation), 505 (2) (statements creating enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) was subsequently registered against him.

Following an investigation, police arrested Tirodkar yesterday and produced him before a court, which sent him in police custody till December 11.

“The investigation was underway all this time and arrest was made with all evidences and proof in hand,” Akbar Pathan, DCP (Cybercrime) was quoted saying.

Tirodkar is known for filing several public interest litigations and RTI requests over the years. He had also filed a PIL against Maharashtra governments decision to give 16 percent reservations to the Maratha community.

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