Orkut in trouble again, this time over Shivaji
18 Nov, 2006. PUNE: Where there’s a bustling web, there are spiders. In the past five months, the cyber crime cell (CCS) of the Mumbai Police has received 15 complaints against Orkut — the hugely popular social interactive website owned by US-based online search giants Google. Most of them complained about how a million cheesy phone calls haunted them because of a mischievous user who flashed their contact details on the Orkut profile.

Prerna Kulkarni (name changed), a 20-year-old economics student in Mumbai University, went into hibernation after one day she woke up to a hundred phone calls asking her out for a raunchy date. It took her around a week to figure out the cause of this nightmare. “My sister found that someone had made a fake profile on my name and posted lots of filth on it,” she said.
Fresh trouble has been caused by Google's www.Orkut.com whose 'We hate India'contents had provoked a public interest litigation and the issuance of a notice by the Bombay high court (Aurangabad bench) last month. 

This time, the uproar is over defamatory remarks about Maratha warrior-king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. These remarks, in the form of a 160-word posting on one of Orkut’s community web pages, has led the Shiv Sena, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) among others to file a police complaint against unknown persons. 

Earlier in the day, students and political activists visited various cyber cafes and urged their operators to block the Orkut website. 

Adopting the Gandhigiri form of protest, NSUI activists distributed flowers to cyber cafe owners and operators, while Shiv Sena members distributed leaflets and got a number of cyber cafes to down shutters for nearly half an hour. 

Dhiraj Ghate, BJYM city unit member, lodged a complaint with the Pune crime branch against unknown members of the community page. 
A study conducted by fropper.com identifies people aged 18-25 as the target group. The study shows that the market size of social  websites has grown in India from Rs2 crore in the financial year 2003-04 to Rs5 crore this year. The booming market is drawing new social websites like gazzag.com, jhoos.com and fropper.com. Despite of several attempts to contact Sundar K, head sales and operations of Google India, he was unavailable for comment.



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