A 19-year-old girl from Marol has registered a complaint against a man she befriended on social media for allegedly threatening her and extorting Rs13,000 from her over the past seven months.
The case was registered with the Sahar police station and the police said the girl accepted the man’s request to follow her profile on a photo-sharing app seven months ago.
An officer from Sahar police, requesting anonymity, said, “The girl accepted his request in August 2016 and they began chatting regularly. The two then exchanged phone numbers and began chatting on WhatsApp too.”
The girl, who is a Class 12 student, also had intimate chats with him, after which the accused asked her to send him intimate pictures of herself, the police said. But when she refused, he, who claimed to be from a different city, allegedly threatened to show their chats to her parents, the police said.
The officer added, “Scared of the consequences, the girl took intimate pictures and sent it to the man. Later, the two began chatting again and in the first week of February, the accused called her and asked her if she wanted to meet him.”
But then the accused asked her to give him some money to travel to Mumbai to meet her. “She first refused to do this. The accused began threatening he would post her photographs on social media if she didn’t,” said an officer.
The girl then took a loan of Rs13,000 from her relatives and sent the amount through money transfer. When he demanded more money, the girl told a friend about the matter, following which they narrated the matter to her mother, who registered a case with the Sahar police.
When the police tried contacting the accused, he threatened the cops with their jobs if they chased him. Senior police inspector Baburao Mukhedkar from Sahar police station confirmed the case, which has been registered against the accused under sections 384 (punishment for extortion), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC along with sections 66 (C) and (D) under Information Technology Act.