New Delhi: An online group allegedly involving teenage boys from Delhi schools casually talking about rape, sexual objectification and slut-shaming schoolgirls has set off alarms among across the country.
The Delhi Police Cyber Cell has lodged an FIR following a complaint about a private Instagram group. Police have also apprehended a 15-year-old boy and are probing the matter.
The controversy flared on Sunday after several social media users posted screenshots on Instagram and Twitter of an online group called “Bois Locker Room”.
They show members of the group – said to be Class 11 and 12 students from some of Delhi’s top schools – posting photos of teenage girls without their consent.
A number of conversations purportedly showed members talking about sexual assault often against their own classmates, raising questions about normalising of rape, misogyny and objectification in schools.
The Cyber Cell then took suo motu cognizance of the matter and filed an FIR. A senior police officer said, “On Monday, we found out that the administration of a prominent private school had filed a complaint at Saket police station.”
The cyber-crime division of the police has also written to Facebook-owned Instagram for details on the group that is every parent’s worst nightmare.
The allegations triggered outrage on social media with the top trending hashtag #BoysLockerRoom amassing thousands of posts on Twitter and other platforms.