FB’s confession pages become a headache for colleges and cops


Two days after the Fort-based Government Dental College approached the cops against an anonymously uploaded Facebook page, the Cyber Crime Cell said on Saturday that it receives at least three such complaints every day

Jyoti.Shelar @timesgroup.com , Mumbai Mirror

TwodaysaftertheGovernment Dental College (GDC) dean filed a police complaint regarding an anonymously uploaded Facebook page, ‘GDC Mumbai Confessions’, that contained obscene comments on female students and criticism of the teachers, the Cyber Crime Cell said on Saturday that at least five more colleges have been at the receiving end of abusive online ‘confessions’.
The college ‘confessions pages’ have become a raging trend online over the past three months, and the anonymous revelations discuss substance abuse, love affairs on the campuses, disinterest in academics, difficultyinapproachingtheoppositesex andderogatoryremarksontheteachers and the college management.
Mumbai Mirror had reported on Saturday the complaint filed by Dr Mansing Pawar, dean of the Fortbased Government Dental College (Abusive,sexistFBpageondentalcollege leads to police complaint).
While the page largely contained obscene comments on the female students, it also made fun of some of theteachersandthedeanaswell.One comment mentioned how a particular teacher couldn’t speak English, while another post said the dean was only interested in installing tiles on the campus and ignored problems such as staff shortage.
In a first-ever crackdown on the abusive confession pages, the Cyber Crime Cell issued notices to the administrators of confession pages of five colleges over the past week, asking them to remove the objectionable content. Sources said the confession pages of Mulund-based Holy Angels High School and Junior College, and Jai Hind College, Churchgate were amongst those that are being monitored by the cops.
Senior Inspector Nandkishore More from the Cyber Crime Cell said, “We have been getting at least three complaints daily against these confession pages for the past several months. The local police stations are flooded with complaints as well. Notices have been sent to five administrators.”
Moresaidtheadministratorswere beingpulledupfornotbeingvigilant. “The investigations have revealed that each post is uploaded through a particular link generated on the page. Each confession has to be approved by the administrator/moderator before it goes online. It is the administrators’jobtoensuredefamatorycontent doesn’t get uploaded,” he said.
While the cops said no abusive content will be allowed on the confession pages, the concept has divided the netizens and experts in human behaviour.
Psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty said suchforums,whicharesoeasytomisuse,candamagethesociety.“Itcanbe a torture for those named, especially women who are easy targets on such forums,” he said.
Dr Akash Akinwar, a gum surgeon from Government Dental College, who was maligned on the ‘GDC MumbaiConfessions’page,calledfor aban on anonymous posts. “Nobody has the right to insult or abuse anyone,” he said.
On the other hand, Sonali Patankar from Responsible Netism, a movement initiated by Ahaan Foundation, said banning confession pages would ‘never work’. She said, “Banning such pages will give rise to other platforms.However,peoplecertainly need to know the consequences of irresponsible online behaviour.”
Rupa Roy, principal of a wellknown school in central Mumbai, said confession pages should be supervised better instead of being banned.
She said, “My school has a confession page which my colleagues and I scan through regularly. In fact, one of the teachers is also on the group. The aim is to maintain a page that is funny, but not derogatory or abusive.” WHAT ARE COLLEGE ‘CONFESSION’ PAGES 
Confessional pages have become a trend on Facebook and other social network sites. Most colleges have confession pages that are administered by students themselves. Normally, Facebook requires users to provide their names or handles, but a confession may be posted anonymously and only the administrator of the page will know the identity of the person uploading the post.
Besides the common problems faced by the students, confession pages talk about substance abuse, disinterest in academics, placements, and difficulty in approaching the opposite sex. Often, the ‘confessions’ brag about love affairs or indulge in abusing women students and teachers.THE CONFESSIONS 
Indian Education Society ‘Confessions’
#379: Bhai style marnaa band kar! tu hero nahi hai! and nobody even luks at you! tujhe lagta hai all girls look at you only kya re! u dnt look gud! thank god that pretty girl left you! hope u get who i am tlkng abt!
Balmohan Vidyamandit (BMVM) ‘Confessions’
#78: Our School Wastes Paper By Making Sooo Many Notices Telling To Save Water This Year..! 😐 :\
Jai Hind College Confessions #825: Roll no[xx] of fybfm i love you:* I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE YOU ON A DATE

Confession pages of two city based colleges that have come up on the cops’ radar

 

 

#Mumbai- Police hand over mentally challenged ‘missing girl” to drug addict #WTFnews #Vaw


Careless cops hand over ‘missing’ girl to drug addict

Police trace 19-year-old mentally challenged girl who had been reported missing, but promptly hand her over to a complete stranger who claimed to be her ‘husband’

January 08, 2013
MUMBAI
Saurabh Vaktania, mid day

With public sentiment choked with anger against police insensitivity in handling crimes against women, the men in khaki are in for some deep derision yet again for handing over the custody of a mentally-challenged young woman, reported missing, to a complete stranger without so much as verifying who he was. The woman’s photo was right in front of their eyes, but they did not take a blind bit of notice before packing her off with a druggie, as they later termed him.

Aarti Bhanushali

Two days after kin of Aarti Bhanushali (19) filed a missing complaint with the NM Joshi Marg police, the cops located her. But they gave her away to a man who walked into the police station and claimed to be her spouse, the victim’s parents alleged. When Aarti’s relatives approached the police again, the officer on duty said he had sent the girl away with her “husband”. The relatives are yet to come to terms with what they claim is “mammoth negligence” on the part of the cops.

On January 4, Gujarati MiD DAY had published a report about how Aarti, who had come to the city from Gandhidham in Gujarat to meet her grandparents at Asalfa village in Ghatkopar, reportedly went missing the day she arrived here. Her grandparents said she disappeared from their Ghatkopar residence on December 25. After looking for her, the couple informed her relatives in Gujarat who rushed to Mumbai and joined the search. On December 26, a complaint was lodged with the Ghatkopar police.

“After waiting for a day, we registered a non-cognisable complaint at Ghatkopar police station, and placed an ad in the papers,” said Vasant Bhanushali, Aarti’s uncle. Over a week passed by with no news of Aarti. “But last Saturday morning, one of our friends called us and said he had seen Aarti on NM Joshi Marg with someone. Aarti’s mother and her relatives rushed to the area and began looking for her,” Vasant said.

When they could not find her anywhere by the end of the day, her kin approached the NM Joshi Marg police station and registered another missing complaint. “The police officer on duty asked for Aarti’s photograph. We gave it to him and he duly slid it under the glass plate covering his wooden table. The photo was displayed prominently,” said a relative.

Another two days passed by and Aarti’s family did not hear from the NM Joshi Marg police. When they approached the police station, they were aghast to hear the cops explain how Aarti had been found, and then lost again. “The cop whom we had given Aarti’s photo had handed her custody to an absolute stranger, who they later said appeared to be a chronic substance abuser, without verifying his identity. They should have been more cautious. The least they could have done was run a background check before handing over her custody,” the relative said.

After the family complained to the cops that Aarti’s custody had been given to the wrong person, the cops reportedly swung into action. Police teams were sent out to find the woman. The officer responsible for the mix-up could not be reached for comment. DCP Kishore Jadhav said, “I have not been informed about the incident. I will look into the matter.”

Have you seen her?
In case if you come across any information on Aarti, please call Thakarshi Bhanushali on 9979406659 or Vasant Bhanushali 9810067381

 

Bravery award winner booked abusing Chandigarh traffic police #FOE #FOS


Published: Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012, 15:44 , DNA
Place: Chandigarh | Agency: PTI

 

Colonel P Bakshi, father of 22-year-old woman who has been booked for allegedly posting abusive comments on Chandigarh traffic police‘s Facebook page, today hoped the matter will be resolved, maintaining that his daughter was anguished over police not taking concrete action following theft of her vehicle.

Bakshi hoped the matter will be resolved, saying he had talked to senior police officials here and hoped “they will take a lenient view of the matter.”

Henna Bakshi, who claims to be winner of Geeta Chopra bravery award over a decade back for nabbing a burglar, was booked on Friday for allegedly using abusive language in her posts on UT traffic police’s Facebook page.

The post-graduate student and another person were booked under various sections of the Information Technology Act at industrial area police station on a complaint by a traffic police personnel.

Heena‘s father said there was no warning or parental guidance advised by the police in her case and penal action was invoked under the IT Act.

He lamented that before registering the case, no one from the police spoke to the family.

“No one spoke to us, not even once, it (the case) came just out of the blue,” he said.

Bakshi told reporters his daughter was anguished as she felt police was not taking action after her vehicle was stolen.

“We are hoping they will understand as Henna had not written anything wrong and her comments were not intended for anyone in particular,” he said.

Defending the step taken by her daughter, Henna’s mother Ranjana Bakshi said, “I don’t think she has done anything wrong, I am myself a teacher and don’t think she wrote something really out of the way. My daughter was only expressing her anguish.”

“I don’t think all this (that Henna should have been booked) should have happened,” she said.

“We are hoping there is a solution to the problem,” Ranjana added.

Earlier, Henna had claimed she had to face harassment after her Multi Utility Vehicle was stolen from her friend’s house in Sector 18 on August 11, describing the process to register an FIR in the vehicle theft case as “stressful”.

She has also alleged that she was not contacted by the police regarding progress in the vehicle theft case and was not given satisfactory response when she tried to enquire.

The incensed lady posted this on Chandigarh Traffic Police’s Facebook on August 15; “You people kill us with your naakas n checkpoints. Harassing us if we are just driving around at night. But you have no ****** clue when somebody steals that car from under your eyes. The police started questioning me..If I was making this whole *** up or if someone actually stole it(sic).”

Chandigarh police cyber crime cell promptly zeroed in on Henna Bakshi from her IP (internet protocol) address and on Monday an FIR was filed against her under the IT Act with charges that are non-bailable and carry a jail term of up to three years.

Henna, however, has denied she posted any objectionable comments on the Facebook page, maintaining she had only tried to highlight the plight of the common man by questioning what efforts the police were making in recovering the car.

She had also said her comments were meant in general and not targeted anyone in particular.

The (Auto) Rakshasa and the Citizen


June 14, 2012

A petition from an organization called Change India invaded my Facebook wall today right before – rather ironically, it turns out— my morning auto ride. The petition is filed under a category on the site called “petitions for economic justice.” When you open it, the image pasted below opens. A sharp fanged, dark skinned “auto-rakshasa” demands one-and-a-half fare. The commuter is “harassed.” The petition that accompanies this image urges the ACP of police to create “an efficient system” so that complaints made to report auto-drivers who overcharge or refuse to ply can be tracked. How, it asks, can “concerned Bangalorean citizens” expect “justice” if their complaints are not tracked?  We all must, it urges, “join the fight.”

Image

Let me first say quite clearly that I do not mean to undermine the intentions and frustrations of those who launched this campaign and, yes, when the meter goes on without asking, it eases a morning commute significantly. The question is: if this does not happen at times (and indeed it doesn’t) then why is this so and what does one do about it? There is a lot to be said about the economics of the issue itself and I welcome others reading who know more to write about it more extensively. But this piece is not about that. It is about the campaign itself and how we articulate political questions in our cities. It is fundamentally about the easy, unremarked way in which a working urban resident and citizen – who is also, after all, a “fellow Bangalorean” and concerned with “economic justice”– can be termed and portrayed a “rakshasa” as if it were a banal utterance.

 

Our urban institutions don’t, in many ways, work. We know this, the poor have always known it and it seems to be the newly discovered ire of elite politics. We complain, the petition says, and “no action” is taken. This complaint is not unique to this campaign or to the elite. The narrative commonly told about our cities today is in terms of “failure” and “illegality” whether it is dysfunctional institutions, corruption, broken infrastructure or slums. I am not contesting these failures or the anger of the petition writers at it. There is, however, a “but.” It is, put bluntly, this: not all institutional failures are the same, not all crimes are equal and not all illegalities lead to the same consequences. Protesting against them without taking this into account is not just ineffective, it is deeply unjust. Let me take an example from housing. Rich people who build illegal houses make “farmhouses” and “unauthorized colonies.” Poor people who do the same make “slums.” In a campaign against “illegality,” only one of them gets demolished. Only one is called an “encroacher” and a “pickpocket.” Only one of them can be a “rakshasa,” the other gets to be a “citizen.”

But, the campaign writers may rightly say: “We are not against autodrivers – it is about complaining against those that overcharge.” Does then a campaign’s representation, these words, this cartoon (ahem) really matter that much? It does. These imaginations, names, words and aesthetics alter, narrow and limit urban politics. You cannot see a rakshasa as another citizen who lives in your city. There was an alternate way to run this campaign: to sit with associations and unions of auto-drivers and come to an agreement. To find out if auto fares are reasonable, high or low. To figure out community mechanisms to prevent non-metred travel. To, if that’s what came out of the engagement, support campaigns for metre fare increases as inflation, prices and petrol/gas increase. To work out a periodic shock-absorption surcharge for periods with very high gas prices. To find out why it costs four times as much to own and register an auto than a Tata Nano. To find out what the daily rental of the auto-driver is that he is trying to make in his twelve hour shift. To figure out why his fares are regulated though the rental he pays isn’t. To consider, quite simply, the auto-driver as a person and a citizen rather than a criminal or a rakshasa. To find out how the institutions the petition is angry at have failed him just as much and, most likely, with much deeper consequences.

Instead this campaign pits “concerned citizens” against “autodrivers” that are, as the image suggests, always already criminal. It repeats the mistake of multiple recent middle-class campaigns for “economic justice” and “social change.” These campaigns increasingly target a particular set of issues –for example, corruption or security – that should concern all of us but because of the way they are defined and articulated instead exclude what is a majority of our urban citizens.

Where do such images come from? Let me trace just one possible thread. In another context, Leela Fernandes has argued that Indian cities are defined by a “new urban aesthetic of class purity.” She was referring to new forms of elite built environments from streets cleared of the poor, gated communities and enclosed malls, and parks where one can walk and play but not sleep and work. Yet this aesthetic doesn’t just manifest itself in the built environment – it is part of an elite urban politics that cannot imagine the poor as fellow citizens. Elite and middle-class campaigns thus become something altered– they are reduced to the protection of what Fernandes calls a “lifestyle.” Not the Right to Life, but the Right to Lifestyle. In the protection of this lifestyle, the working poor cannot exist as fellow citizens with rights and dignities. Their concerns cannot be part of the conversation. They are “rakshasas” that take resources from the state, are the sole reason for public debt, encroach on public land, burden athe government for “handouts,” and pollute and dirty the city just as they take hard-earned tax money taken away from its rightful heirs.

The responses that these campaigns seek can understand “economic justice” only in the form of punitive and disciplinary punishment for the always already criminal poor. In this particular campaign, the only possible result is a deeper surveillance and harassment of auto-drivers by law enforcement – no other interaction is possible, no other solution is conceived. Herein lies the tragedy. What is this campaign fundamentally meant to be about? It is about what happens to a complaint made to a public institution about a service. It could relate then to other, larger campaigns about getting public institutions to work and be accountable to all parts of what makes our urban public. The autodriver is as interested in this question as you or I yet he is excluded, in this frame, from asking it. Worse, he is held responsible for it.

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