An assistant professor at Indira Gandhi National Open University has alleged that one of her former students has been stalking her for the last two years. She decided to file a complaint with the police after she found that all her efforts to warn her student were going in vain.
She told police that a person named Sukhwinder Singh had enrolled for Diploma in Meat Technology program. “As an academic counselor I conducted three sessions in the School of Agriculture, IGNOU. Thereafter, Singh started stalking me through emails that were not related to the academics and had obscene, offending and malicious content that lead to mental torture and agony.
The professor alleged that despite asking Singh to mind his conduct he did not change his behaviour. “After stalking for nine months, he gave an undertaking in writing to the Director, School of Agriculture in August 2016 that he would not repeat his act and accepted that he had sent those objectionable, abusing emails and messages and promised to not repeat the same,” she said.
However, she claims that the situation got worse. In January this year, she again received emails from an ID made in her name. This was not it, she claimed that even a fake Facebook account in her name was also created that had her photographs which looked like the screenshots of the teleconferences she took part in.
She told police that Singh was communicating with her friends and maligning her reputation. What scared her the most was a post that said, “I would be coming to Delhi and would go back with the professor.”
“He messaged me that he was standing at the gate of the university and wanted to meet me,” she said.
ACCUSED IN CUSTODY
The investigation officer told Mail Today that a charge sheet has been filed in the case. The accused is still in the custody as nobody came forward for his bail.
Counselors say that, at times, stalking by the students reach to such an extent that in some cases teacher have to even resign. One such case had allegedly occurred in Agra.
According to news reports teacher at a senior secondary school in Agra resigned after her student in Class X stalked and harassed her. The boy was so obsessed with the teacher that he even barged into her house on July 29 and tried to grope her. The victim alleged that the he threatened her with acid attack if she tries to spurn his advances. And, when the boy did not mend his ways, the teacher resigned from the school.
Legal experts say that although internet give us the privilege of staying anonymous, breaching law could attract action.
“If the photo is morphed without the permission of the person involved, Section 66C of the IT Act, 2000, would apply under which an imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of up to 1lakh can be imposed. If the picture has nudity, then Section 67 of The IT Act, 2000, would apply which can result in an imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of five lakhs, if found guilty. Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code can also be imposed for defamation,” said Prashant Mali, advocate and cyber law expert.