This Is India: A Youth in Trouble for Sending a Birthday Cake to a Girl


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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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Birthday Cake

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On August 26, a 20-year-old girl (name withheld) residing near Swami Shanti Prakash Ashram, in Ulhasnagar-5, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) northeast of Mumbai received a gift cake box. The girl, surprised at seeing a birthday cake decorated on top with her photograph, could not explain to her parents who had sent it.

The girl’s infuriated father registered a formal complaint at the nearby Hill Line police station. On investigating, the police found that ‘Ribbons and Balloons’ cake shop near Gol Maidan, had home delivered it. Employees of the cake shop told the police that they received the girl’s photograph by e-mail from the boy who ordered the cake and gave the email ID to the police. The Cyber Crime cell identified the youth that sent the cake as a fellow student from the same college where the girl studies.

On December 6th, an officer from Hill Line police station said that they had registered an FIR against the boy. They had booked him under Section 66 (A) of the IT Act, 2000, for using the girl’s photo, which he had copied from a social-networking website and using it to decorate a cake without her consent, and he added that they would find the youth’s residential address soon.

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