Indian Twitter account falls silent after police complaint

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NEW DELHI: An anonymous Twitter handle which built up a wide following for its salacious gossip about India’s elite fell silent Friday after a woman journalist complained to police over a series of sexually offensive posts.

The broadcaster and author Swati Chaturvedi said she had decided to take action against the @LutyensInsider account after it posted a series of slurs and accusations linking her to opposition leader Rahul Gandhi.

“I first laughed (at the posts) then tried to ignore them and finally decided I had to act against the disgusting slander,” Swati told AFP.

“The posts may have been hurriedly deleted but I am confident that the investigators will soon reveal the harasser’s true identity,” she added.

Lutyens Insider, named after the upmarket area of New Delhi which is home to many of India’s movers and shakers, has around 40,000 followers, making it one of the country’s most popular Twitter accounts.

But Chaturvedi’s decision to no longer put up with what she described as persistent “character assassination” was widely applauded by her colleagues on social media.

Chaturvedi said one of the reasons for taking actions was that she wanted to prevent Twitter from becoming another vehicle to harass women in India which has a gruesome recent history of sexual violence.

“Women get molested on the streets of India.. Are we going to have the same thing virtually as well?” she said.

“This is why I am committed to taking this case to its logical conclusion, which is, the individual behind this account going to jail.”

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