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NCPCR asks AltNews co-founder Pratik Sinha to submit proof to substantiate his claims in Zubair-child harassment case

After Zubair had highlighted the minor girl seen in the photo, Islamists had started to issue rape threats to the girl. Zubair’s tweet came under criticism from social media users who accused him of shamelessly using a child to get back at a critic.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of the alleged fact-checking website AltNews to submit proof before the commission to substantiate his claims in connection with the child harassment case filed against co-founder Mohammed Zubair.

The NCPCR receiving the complaint against Mohammed Zubair, who is accused of online harassment of a minor, has asked Pratik Sinha to appear before the commission and provide proof to support the claims he had made in support of his colleague soon after the complaint was registered.

On August 8, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had taken cognizance of a matter where a minor girl child was doxxed by AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair on the microblogging site. 

Following the complaint against Zubair, Pratik Sinha had taken to Twitter to defend the actions of his colleague and had claimed that the complaint against Zubair was an attempt to ‘hound’ the accused. Pratik Sinha had said that AltNews firmly stood in solidarity with the accused.

The self-proclaimed fact-checker Pratik Sinha had asserted that the NCPCR had acted against the accused Mohammad Zubair on the basis of a bogus complaint by the minor child’s grandfather.

Mohammad Zubair, who has been caught several times peddling fake news on social media, has been booked under the stringent POCSO Act for online harassment of girl child.

Co-founder of AltNews shares the photo of a minor girl to intimidate the grandfather

On August 7th, Zubair indulged in an online spat with a Twitter user Jagdish Singh. The AltNews co-founder targetted a minor girl in his Twitter fight with this social media user. Instead of replying to the user directly, Zubair had brazenly referred to a minor girl seen in the profile picture of the user Jagdish Singh, presumably his granddaughter.

After Zubair had highlighted the minor girl seen in the photo, Islamists had started to issue rape threats to the girl. Zubair’s tweet came under criticism from social media users who accused him of shamelessly using a child to get back at a critic.

Soon, an FIR was filed against Mohammad Zubair for harassing a child on social media platforms. Priyank Kanoongo, the chairperson of the NCPCR had informed that a case was registered with the commission in connection with the online harassment of a minor child.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had written to the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Delhi, Nodal Cyber Cell officer, saying that the commission has received several complaints seeking action against Zubair under POCSO or relevant acts for “stalking of a minor girl on Twitter”.

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