PUNE: A young man, age 23, is said to have killed himself after being harassed in a “sextortion” case. The incident happened on September 28, and on Wednesday, a case was opened. Police say this is the second similar case in the last few days.
The man who died was a B.Com student at Garware College. He is said to have met a woman on Instagram. On September 28, the woman took off all of her clothes and asked the young person to do the same. His video chat was recorded and morphed with a nude video. Later, the accused is said to have asked the young man for money and threatened to post photos and videos of him on social media.
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The brother of the deceased filed a complaint with the police at the Dattawadi police station under Sections 306 (abetting suicide) and 384 (punishment for extortion) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other sections of the Information Technology Act 2000 that apply.
Vijay Khomane, a police inspector (Crime) at the Dattawadi police station, said, “The deceased transferred Rs 4,500 in three transactions, but the accused asked for more money.”
In the first case, which was reported on October 10, the victim, who had graduated from the Industrial Training Institute (ITI), was said to have met a stranger woman on WhatsApp.
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During a call on September 30, the woman took off her clothes and asked the young person to do the same. Later, the cyber criminal demanded the young man for money and threatened to post his naked video on social media if he didn’t get it.
At the Sahakar Nagar police station, a case has been registered. Police from the Pune cyber cell say that sextortion and getting money from people by threatening them has become more popular.
In 2021, 685 complaints were sent to the cyber cell, and four cases were filed. The police said that no complaints had been made about sextortion in 2020 because it was considered a cybercrime.
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The Pune cybercrime unit has received 1,445 complaints about sextortion so far this year (through September 2022), but only one case has been filed.
Kumar Ghadge, a police inspector from Pune’s cyber cell, said, “Many times, people don’t file a case because they don’t want to be judged.” But the best way to deal with these kinds of trouble makers is to report them to the police.”
He told young people to be careful when they talk to strangers on social media.
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