Delhi court seeks 'action taken report' from Delhi Police on complaints against e-commerce websites

A city court has sought an action taken report about the online sale of ashtrays portraying a naked woman by three e-commerce majors.

A city court has sought an 'action taken report' from the Delhi Police on a complaint about the online sale of ashtrays portraying a naked woman by three e-commerce majors.

Delhi court seeks action taken report from Delhi Police on complaints against e-commerce websites

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The complaint was filed against online shopping portals Amazon India, eBay and Shopclues and their Managing Directors for allegedly selling an ashtray in the shape of a nude woman.

The case came up before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Babru Bhan, who sought an action taken a report (ATR) from the Delhi Police on the plea for lodging FIR against them.

The court directed the police to apprise it if any action has been taken on the complaint.

"SHO, Subzi Mandi police station is directed to file an action taken report stating whether any complaint has been made by the complainant in the police station and if any action has been taken on it," the magistrate said.

The court, while seeking the ATR by 30 October, also asked if as a result of investigation, any cognisable offence was made out against the accused or a FIR registered.

The complaint lodged by advocate Gaurav Gulati has sought registration of FIR for offences punishable under sections 107 (Abetment of an offence), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 293 (sale of obscene objects to young person) of the IPC, besides relevant provisions of Indecent Representation of Women Act and the Information Technology Act.

The complaint alleged that as per media reports published on internet on June 6, the online shopping portals were "selling nude woman figurine ash-tray which was indecent."
"The ashtray ... drew severe criticism on social media. The ashtray was sold at a price of Rs 4,441... " the complaint alleged.

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