WPL arrests magazine owner for sexually harassing ex-employee

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Dec 29, 2014 14:32 IST

The 1090 Woman Power Line got a 52-year-old man arrested on Saturday for harassing a former employee by sending her sexually explicit messages through an unknown email ID. The woman allegedly went into acute depression due to the harassment that had been continuing for the past six months and recently approached the WPL.

On Saturday, the WPL sleuths traced her former employer Amit Kumar Srivastava, who stays in the same neighbourhood as the victim and runs a crime magazine from his Vijay Khand house in Gomti Nagar. An FIR was registered against him with the Gomti Nagar police station.

Meanwhile, in a bid to show their clout, the accused’s kin told police that they were related to one of the former Presidents of India.

In-charge of WPL Raghvendra Pratap Singh said, “The accused had created fake email IDs using absurd words and used to send sexually explicit messages and photographs to several women. He often used to offer them work in his magazine and even issued press identity cards to them. He habitually harassed them but none of them dared to complaint because they though he was well-connected.”

He said the complainant had also worked for Srivastava’s magazine for a few weeks but had left the job due to his harassment. However, the accused continued to harass her and started sending e-mails with sexual content.

“The woman was facing this trauma for the last six months and was under acute depression. She recently approached us with the help of her friend. We then traced the IP address of the computer through which the e-mails were sent to her. We have recovered desktop computer from Srivastava’s house,” Singh said.

He said the police had also recovered at least 100 press identity cards that he used to distribute to women he offered work.

An FIR under sections 294 for obscenity, 420 for cheating, 468 for forgery with purpose for cheating, 467 for committing forgery with intent to harm anybody’s reputation and 471 using forged document as genuine were registered against him. Besides, various sections of the IT Act were also slapped on him.

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