Gandhinagar: Police have nabbed a teenager for extortion and sexual harassment. The accused used to take women’s photographs from social media accounts and then make vulgar clips from them. After that, he started demanding money from women. He has exploited about two dozen women so far.
The culprit demanded Rs 500 to Rs 4,000 to delete the photos and clips. The assailant said if payment was made immediately, then his charge would be Rs 500. The cops said that if the victim failed to deliver payment for a day, then he doubled the charge to Rs 1,000.
Prashant Aditya, 19, was arrested after police conducted an investigation at his home in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He is a class 10 dropout working in a mask manufacturing company. Aditya targeted only those women who belonged to his community.
Overall, 22 women of the same community and their family members went to the Antop Hill police station on July 14 regarding their mental torture, anxiety, fear, and harassment by the vulgar clips created by the accused. The clips were mostly 30 seconds long.
The police have registered an FIR against a Gujarat teen who was responsible for the sexual harassment and extortion of nearly 22 women in the city using vulgar clips and have booked him for outraging the modesty of a woman, sexual harassment, extortion, etc. under the IPC. The provisions of Section 67A of the IT Act (punishment for publishing or transmitting sexually explicit acts, etc.) were also invoked.
After the complaint, a team led by ACP Ashwini Patil and supervised by DCP Sanjay Patil started the investigation. They found that, in some cases, women who used their children’s photos on DP on social media were sent those photos with ‘RIP’ emblazoned on them, creating panic.
After the probe, it is being revealed that the QR code sent by Aditya to the victims for payment was not his own. It was of a travel agency in Gujarat. He said, “I have no bank account.” The travel agency had given me permission to use their account for the payment of Rs 50 per transaction.
Police officers Gaurishankar Pable and Rahul Wagh traced Aditya’s internet protocol (IP) address, collected his mobile number details, and then nabbed him. “We have confiscated his mobile and we are ready to send it for analysis.” “A court has ordered to keep him in police custody till July 29,” said Pable.