A minor girl in Odisha's Cuttack district committed suicide after her obscene pictures were circulated on a social networking site, police said on Friday.
A man in the 15-year-old girl's village had secretly clicked some photographs of the girl while she was taking a bath in the backyard of her house and blackmailed her into having a physical relationship him.
Later, he took pictures of their intimate moments which he then circulated among his friends and posted on Facebook as well.
When the girl's father came to know about it, he brought the matter before the village committee. The committee asked the 18-year-old man to marry the girl, but he refused.
Unable to face humiliation and social stigma, the girl committed suicide by consuming poison.
"We have registered a case of unnatural death on the basis of a complaint by the girl's father. We are searching for the youth who is absconding," said Nemala police station officer Jayashree Ojha.
The girl had recently appeared for her Class 10 examination while the man is a second year student at a local college.
Taking suo motu cognizance, the crime branch (CB) of Odisha police had recently registered at least five cases after sex videos from across the state were uploaded on social networking sites.
The CB's action came in the wake of the arrest of a Bhubaneswar-based property dealer by Central Bureau of Investigation for circulating sex videos on WhatsApp following a Supreme Court order.
In February, the apex court had ordered the CBI to investigate those videos from different states, which were brought to limelight by Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala, and the Odisha property dealer was the first person to be arrested by the central investigating agency.