Two Facebook users, who allegedly made nasty and obscene comments on women in their posts sometime ago, were arrested by the cyber crime police here on Tuesday.

T. Lalita Balasubrahmanyam and Krishna Mohan were produced before the magistrate and later released on a personal bail. The duo was charged under Section 66-A (sending messages through communication networks) of the IT Act and Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to outrage modesty of a woman) of the IPC. While Mr. Balasubrahmanyam works as a translator, Mr. Krishna is an employee in a private company. Some Facebook friends of the duo, who also made similar comments, are also under the scanner. Controversy broke out over the unprintable language, tone and tenor used in their FB posts and those who participated in the online conversation in Telugu, deactivated their accounts.

However, the cyber crime police are making efforts to retrieve their comments. “It requires a lot of technical work,” a police official said.

Progressive Organisation of Women State president, Sandhya, activists Vanaja, Roopavani and Suresh others met the police higher-ups and lodged a complaint, following which the cyber crime wing took up the investigation and arrested the duo.

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