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Facebook offence emerging as a new challenge

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KATHMANDU, Nepal- Just three days ago, a migrant Nepali worker posted a message on wall of his facebook which reads: Sorry mother! I could not fulfill your cherished desire that you have nursed, hence I am going to finish myself in a little while.

Just a few hours he posted the terrible message on his wall, news about a Nepali migrant worker committed suicide aired in the local radio stations in Kathmandu. In fact another person had posted the message addressing his parents and other relatives just a few second before committing suicide.

Rakesh Sharma of Bhaktapur filed a complaint at the Metropolitan Police Crime Investigation Division (MPCID) in Kathmandu, a few days ago, demanding strong action, after he was tagged to stripped images.

The mobile number of Rita Tiwari of Kirtipur, was publicly displayed on a fake account created in her name, begging sexual relationships. When she started getting phone calls from strangers in the night, asking about illicit relation, she lodged a case at MPCID.

With more people having access to the internet and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, My Space among others, cyber crime is emerging as a challenge for the police force in the latest day, it is learnt. As per the data accumulated by the MPCID, nearly 70 percent of all cyber crime cases reported in the last year was related to Facebook.

More distressing aspect is most of the victims of cyber crime are related with women and girls. Take the case of Harish Khatri, 34, of Jawalakhel, Kathmandu. He posted naked photos of his ‘cruel girlfriend’ on Facebook by creating a fake account and tagged her. Police nabbed him later and convicted him with cyber crime.

Bhoj Raj Subba, a teacher from Lalitpur, was arrested a year ago on charge of sending vulgar materials to his own girl student via Facebook.

Due to the lack of sufficient resources and manpower, Nepal police and concerned person in crime division are failed to track the cyber crime, according intelligence experts. According to them, they are ill-equipped to look into cyber crime. ‘Since victim failed to categorically identify the suspects, there seem slim chances to nab the absconding culprits,’ a police official complained.

Moreover, they have been finding it hard to control the crime due to ‘technological constraints’ even after bringing the culprits to book.

Creating the fake face book account in the name of political leaders during the 19 November Constituent Assembly polls was at its height and police has now begun closing such accounts that created illusion to the public.

The police have learnt to be increasing vigilance over websites and users of email, internet and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, after rapid rise in the activities prohibited by the Electronic Transaction Act 2008.

MPCID  has closed those fake accounts created intentionally for posting fake pictures and wrong materials in the name of the leaders of the various political parties in Nepal.

CPN-Maoist leader Pampha Bhushal and General Secretary of Sanghiya Samajbadi Party Ang Kaji Sherpa had requested with the police to close the fake Facebook accounts created in their name. The division said it locked a fake Facebook account opened in the name of the former CA Chairman and UML leader Subash Chandra Nembang.

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