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Man held for lewd remarks on Facebook

SHILLONG, AUG 04 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/4/2019 11:31:03 AM IST

The Laitumkhrah police arrested one Benjamin Syiemlieh (34) from Mawpat on Saturday night for posting lewd and derogatory comments and body shaming Umsning MDC, Macdalyn Sawkmie Mawlong on Facebook, reports The Northeast Today.

It may be mentioned that Mawlong had filed an FIR on July 27 against miscreants responsible for body shaming her on Facebook. The matter came to light after a Facebook post went viral on social media wherein degrading remarks were made against the MDC by a FB user.

When contacted, police said that the accused had confessed that he had posted derogatory remarks against the MDC from Umsning in one of the groups on Facebook.

According to the police, the accused was produced before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate. The court remanded the accused to judicial custody.

“I was unaware of the post until I started getting calls from everyone regarding the remarks made against me. It was on July 25 that I saw the post and on July 27, I filed an FIR with the East Khasi Hills SP,” Mawlong had earlier said.

Condemning the act, the woman MDC said “The attempt of attacking the integrity of any woman is unacceptable in our society and it happened to me today; tomorrow it can happen to any woman or any mother; so I have come forward on behalf of all the women who are victims of such crimes.”

Mawlong had also said that she will also lodge a complaint with the Meghalaya State Commission for Women next week to ensure that such irresponsible usage of the social media, more importantly, such attempts to body shame and humiliate a woman or attack her integrity, will not be repeated in the future.

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