A 16-Year-Old Gujarati Boy Arrested For Issuing ‘Rape Threats’ To Dhoni’s Daughter

According to the Kutch Bhuj police, the action against the 16-year-old boy came based on information from the Ranchi police.

The Arrest Of The Teen Boy

Ranchi Police had shared information regarding the boy with the police in Kutch and asked them to confirm if he was the one who had posted the threat message, police said.

“We detained him for questioning after Ranchi Police informed us that the accused hails from Mundra in Kutch district.”

Gujarat Police has rounded up a 16-year-old boy from Kutch district for allegedly issuing rape threats to the daughter of a cricketer on a social media platform after the latter lost a match in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The boy was rounded up on Sunday by the Kutch Bhuj Police on a tip-off by Ranchi Police in Jharkhand who are investigating the case.

Netizen’s Reactions

The nature of the threat had caused huge outrage on social media, with several cricketers, politicians and celebrities expressing disgust and demanding action.

The issue came to light three days ago when netizens noticed comments on Instagram where the minor daughter of the cricketer was issued rape threats after his team lost a recent IPL match.

According to Kutch Bhuj police, the Class 12 student has allegedly confessed to have posted rape threats on his Instagram account.

Saurabh Singh, superintendent of police, Kutch Bhuj, told The Indian Express, “Ranchi Police who is investigating this case informed us on Sunday that an accused who made the comments on Instagram has been traced to Kutch.

We picked up the juvenile today and during interrogation, he confessed to having posted those comments… since he is a minor, we cannot arrest or detain him without charges as per the Juvenile Justice Act. We are waiting for Ranchi Police to arrive in Kutch… we will hand him over to them.”

“We have confirmed that the boy is the same who had posted the message. He will be handed over to Ranchi police as the FIR was lodged in that city,” police said, adding that a team of Ranchi Police is likely to reach Kutch tomorrow to take custody of the teenager.

Why These Threats?

MS Dhoni is the captain of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) cricket team in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season.

In an incident that has left social media users both shocked and disgusted, cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s five-year old daughter has been given rape threats following Chennai Super Kings loss in an IPL match.

The alleged threats appeared on both Dhoni and his wife Sakshi’s Instagram accounts following Chennai’s loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.

The threats have created a massive outrage on social media with people from all quarters denouncing such behaviour.

Notably, these accounts are being reported for the use of abusive behaviour against minors and women.

In the match against KKR, CSK had failed to chase a 168-run target, losing the game by 10 runs. Dhoni managed to score just 11 runs in 12 balls irking the fans.

CSK has lost 4 out of 6 IPL 2020 games and will need a strong comeback to make it to the playoffs.

The fans on social media have been trolling Kedar Jadhav’s batting and skipper MS Dhoni’s performances.

Similar Instances

Earlier incidents of venting their frustration on players after a loss in not unheard. Players’ homes have been pelted with stones, players` homes, burnt posters and shouted abuses but such behaviour of targeting the daughter of a player has been unheard of before.

Recently, actress Anuskha Sharma was widely panned on social media for her husband’s Virat Kohli’s poor performance.


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