Man arrested for calling woman a ‘sex worker’ on Facebook

A 45-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly abusing a woman by posting lewd comments on Facebook earlier this year.

Asif Amir Khan, the accused, was out on bail in another attempt to murder case. When he failed to appear before the court despite being summoned an arrest warrant was issued against him, the police said.

According to DN Nagar police, Khan is a resident of Gaondevi Dongar, a slum pocket in Andheri (West). A woman had filed an FIR against him in March this year for posting obscene comments on her Facebook profile and calling her a sex worker.

The victim said she had posted a picture appealing people to vote for a political party. Khan, who had a past enmity with her, started posting abusive comments below the picture.

A police official from DN Nagar said, “When Khan got a whiff about the FIR, he fled from his residence. During patrolling yesterday night, we spotted him in the area and on cross checking we found that he was wanted in two cases. We placed him under arrest.”

The FIR was registered under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and 67 (Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act. “He was produced before a magistrate court and granted cash bail for Rs10,000,” added the police official.

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