Two years after a case was registered, the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) of the Mumbai police finally arrested a 24-year-old man who had allegedly created a fake profile of a 23-year-old woman and posted photographs, showing her in bad light. While a complaint had been registered with the police in 2009, the Cyber Cell persisted with the case and arrested the 24-year-old man from the international airport on his return from the US.
The series of events that led to the case being registered began in 2008, when Swapnil Patode, 22 years old then, met the victim at a technical institute in Kolhapur. The two became friends and chatted regularly. “In 2009, the victim shifted to Pune to pursue further studies. Patode came to meet her there one day,” said an officer from the Cyber Cell requesting anonymity.
The victim said once the man came there, he gave her a soft drink that made her dizzy. “Taking advantage of the woman’s condition, the man took some photographs of her that showed her in bad light,” said the officer. The man then allegedly started forcing the victim into maintaining a physical relationship with him.
When the woman refused, the man, after going to the US allegedly created a profile in the woman’s name on a networking site and uploaded photographs of her that showed her in bad light.
When the victim learnt of this she approached the cyber cell of the Mumbai police. The police investigated the case and registered a case against Patode.
Joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy said, “This case is yet another example of how networking sites are increasingly being abused as a tool for blackmailing people. One needs to be careful whom one associates in the real and virtual world.”