In another tragic case of rape, a youth from Tamil Nadu raped a 16-year-old girl, filmed the crime, and later threatened her to circulate the video on WhatsApp Messenger. But what’s more tragic is how the Madras HC judge went beyond his duties to ‘advice’ women on how to use messaging services. He not only said that these instances are on a rise, and women should be careful about what photos they share on WhatsApp. Also Read - How to archive chats on WhatsApp in simple stepsAlso Read - WhatsApp's upcoming feature to let users transfer chats from iOS to Android
Justice S Vaidyanathan was quoted as saying that cyber crime, particularly via WhatsApp Messenger are increasing every day. Good messages are also circulated but instances like that of the petitioner were common nowadays, Indian Express reports. Vaidyanathan also added, “Therefore, WhatsApp users, especially women, need to be more careful before placing a picture as their profile photo and sharing their photos with friends or other WhatsApp groups, as prevention is better than cure. Also Read - WhatsApp will make archived chats stay where they belong, even if there's a new message
Talk about victim-blaming! What has the girl s profile picture to do with a man raping her and threatening her to circulate the video of the crime? When I read the judge s statement, I could make no sense of it. I can understand if he meant in general that how the digital space can be quite scary, it is extremely vulnerable to attacks and leaks.
Take the example of Snapchat image leaks and the iCloud accounts of celebrities being hacked. For sure, irrespective of being a man or woman, users need to be careful about the content they share. At the back of your mind, you always need to know that any picture that you use can be morphed, leaked and shared by people you don t even know. Thus, cyber smartness is essential, but blaming victim for crime is plain unnecessary.
The Madras High Court has refused anticipatory bail to the accused, who has further moved the high court for an advance bail.