Bois Locker Room: A wrong Route taken?


May 08, 2020, The Liberacy:- Bois Locker Room, an Instagram group that made news in the past week, for all bad and thinkable reasons. Bois Locker Room was a 22-membered group that had only 2 adults studying in college and 20 others, Juvenile.
The member of the group made indecent comments on the pictures of the girls, and even made planning talks on “How would they Gang-rape her.”

The incident raises several questions on how we are leading as a society and what culture we are to imbibe on future generations. Starting from the “Locker Room Talk”, which came and reiterated after an infamous recording of US President Donald Trump to the steps that weren’t taken after the 2004 DPS MMS Scandal.

Screenshots exposing the "Bois Locker Room" Instagram Group.
Screenshots exposing the “Bois Locker Room” Instagram Group.

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Bois Locker Room, the Instagram group, that objectified girls on their pictures and even talked on gang-raping, was exposed after a member of the group took screenshots of the chat and sent it to the girl who was being targeted. On receiving the screenshots, the South-Delhi girl decided to go public with the screenshots from the group, exposing the Shame that this Society has always lived upon.

The images that were being circulated on the Instagram group Bois Locker Room, were the screenshots taken from the girls’ Instagram account.

Delhi police, on this whole incident took a Suo Moto cognizance and even arrested a 15-year-old before, who exposed the other members of the group. The 15-year-old was sent to Juvenile Correctional Home later.
The second arrest that took place in the incident, was of the Administrator of the group. The Cyber Crime Cell of the Delhi Police made these arrests.
10 members were questioned over phone calls and the devices of all the 22 members of the Instagram group have been seized and sent for forensic analysis.
Delhi Police even went on to the Facebook-owned entity, Instagram, to have further information, on which the response is still pending.

The question arises, are girls not free to post whatever they want, just because some people might make comments?

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The school authorities of the whistle-blower member have filed a complaint with the Delhi Police.
Bois Locker Room, the Instagram group created in April 2020, after being exposed was deleted, and all the members of the group either deleted their account or changed their username.
In order to create confusion on the complete scenario, they even created another group and added girl members in the group, just to show themselves clean.

Cases Registered
1) IPC Section 465 (Forgery)
2) IPC Section 471 (Using as genuine a forged document or electronic record)
3) IPC Section 469 (Forgery for purpose of harming reputation)
4) IPC Section 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman)
5) IT Act-2000 Section 67 & 67A (Publishing or transmitting in the electronic form any material which contains sexually explicit act or conduct )

The term “Locker Room Talks” got its meaning when it was highlighted after the leak of a recording of US President Donald Trump. Trump was heard in the recording on objectifying a famous celebrity and about, “Grabbing women by the pussy”

Harvey Weinstein was convicted in a rape case, and in India, 4 men were hanged for a, 7-year-delayed rape and murder case.

2004 MMS Scandal.

Richa Kaul Padte, the author of the book “Cyber Sexy: Rethinking Pornography” depicts a sharp image of the scandal that took place in 2004 in Delhi. This is also known as the DPS MMS Scandal.
The incident hyped when a video MMS of a schoolgirl was circulated. The video showed her giving oral sex (Blowjob) to the boy, who was busy recording it. The face of the boy was never shown in the video. The video, though with fewer pixels and grainy, showed the face of the girl clearly.

Even at that time, the questions provoked us, on what knowledge our children are seeking?
What is going through the history of our child’s phone browser? and What culture have we been invoking?

The viral MMS of 2 minutes and 37 seconds was forwarded through MMS service, as in those days MMS was the fastest way of sharing videos.
But, this changed the meaning of MMS (Multimedia Service), today an MMS is often looked at as a scandalous thing.

The video was viral and took its place on the internet, where it was copied, shared, and cached for eternity.
The Digital technology boom, that India saw after 2005 opened two new routes of crime, first being the Online Atrocities and second is the Blackmailing.

The protest and voices raised in 2004 did not stop the circulation of the video.

The “Bois Locker Room” incident shows us that how less we have progressed and learned from the 2004 scandal.

The screenshot of a new account opened by some other people.
The screenshot of a new account opened by some other people.

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Two days after the Bois locker Room incident, Mirror Now covered a story on the same type of group being in existence, run by Girls, objectifying Men.
The article was written by Mirror Now on their website, was not based on a confirmed report. Even, they stated that a man posted stories on his account about such a group chat being in existence.
The Liberacy did not find any such screenshots or posts in its investigation but felt its important to talk about the chances of it being a reality.

The results of the 2004 scandal were terrifying for the girl, just because a man wanted to objectify a woman. But, the lesser we learn from the past, the lesser are the chances of eradicating it.

The talk here is not about the physical restrictions of boys at home, but as a society, we need to be more specific on what ethical values we possess.

The comparison of the 2004 MMS Scandal and the Bois Locker Room, was only to outline how lesser we learn and what objectifying a women can do. The outlined part may be corrected with some basic ethical values.

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