Published: Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012, 15:44 , DNA
Place: Chandigarh | Agency: PTI


Colonel P Bakshi, father of 22-year-old woman who has been booked for allegedly posting abusive comments on Chandigarh traffic police‘s Facebook page, today hoped the matter will be resolved, maintaining that his daughter was anguished over police not taking concrete action following theft of her vehicle.

Bakshi hoped the matter will be resolved, saying he had talked to senior police officials here and hoped “they will take a lenient view of the matter.”

Henna Bakshi, who claims to be winner of Geeta Chopra bravery award over a decade back for nabbing a burglar, was booked on Friday for allegedly using abusive language in her posts on UT traffic police’s Facebook page.

The post-graduate student and another person were booked under various sections of the Information Technology Act at industrial area police station on a complaint by a traffic police personnel.

Heena‘s father said there was no warning or parental guidance advised by the police in her case and penal action was invoked under the IT Act.

He lamented that before registering the case, no one from the police spoke to the family.

“No one spoke to us, not even once, it (the case) came just out of the blue,” he said.

Bakshi told reporters his daughter was anguished as she felt police was not taking action after her vehicle was stolen.

“We are hoping they will understand as Henna had not written anything wrong and her comments were not intended for anyone in particular,” he said.

Defending the step taken by her daughter, Henna’s mother Ranjana Bakshi said, “I don’t think she has done anything wrong, I am myself a teacher and don’t think she wrote something really out of the way. My daughter was only expressing her anguish.”

“I don’t think all this (that Henna should have been booked) should have happened,” she said.

“We are hoping there is a solution to the problem,” Ranjana added.

Earlier, Henna had claimed she had to face harassment after her Multi Utility Vehicle was stolen from her friend’s house in Sector 18 on August 11, describing the process to register an FIR in the vehicle theft case as “stressful”.

She has also alleged that she was not contacted by the police regarding progress in the vehicle theft case and was not given satisfactory response when she tried to enquire.

The incensed lady posted this on Chandigarh Traffic Police’s Facebook on August 15; “You people kill us with your naakas n checkpoints. Harassing us if we are just driving around at night. But you have no ****** clue when somebody steals that car from under your eyes. The police started questioning me..If I was making this whole *** up or if someone actually stole it(sic).”

Chandigarh police cyber crime cell promptly zeroed in on Henna Bakshi from her IP (internet protocol) address and on Monday an FIR was filed against her under the IT Act with charges that are non-bailable and carry a jail term of up to three years.

Henna, however, has denied she posted any objectionable comments on the Facebook page, maintaining she had only tried to highlight the plight of the common man by questioning what efforts the police were making in recovering the car.

She had also said her comments were meant in general and not targeted anyone in particular.