The cyber crime police have arrested a 45-year-old man from Chennai for allegedly creating a fake profile of his wife, who is from Mumbai, on a social networking site and posting obscene content on it.
Senthil Kumar Ponpudiyal, who was arrested 10 days ago, was produced in the Esplanade court on Friday and was remanded in police custody until April 18.
The cyber crime police said that Ponpudiyal used to also harass his wife — her name has been withheld to protect identity — by sending lewd text messages, emails and making blank phone calls. Ponpudiyal, who used to work in a private firm in Atlanta in the US, got married in 2008.
But a few days after the couple reached the US, Senthil was asked to resign and his wife got a job in Canada.
The couple then moved to Canada. But by then they developed some differences and Ponpudiyal decided to move back to India in October 2008. He got a job in Chennai.
“In 2009, Ponpudiyal started sending obscene messages and emails to his wife and brother-in-law in Canada. When the family ignored the messages and Ponpudiyal stopped sending them, only to start again a few months later,” said a police officer from the cyber crime police station on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.
While Ponpudiyal continued sending messages in November 2010, he also allegedly sent an obscene video on her email, the police claimed.
But when his wife returned to Mumbai early this year, she found that Ponpudiyal had created a fake profile on a social networking website in her name and even posted obscene content on it. She then decided to take action.
She approached the cyber crime police and lodged a complaint against her husband.
"Acting on the complaint, we booked Ponpudiyal under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act. We traced him to Chennai and arrested him around 10 days back. He has been remanded to police custody till April 18," said Nandkishore More, senior police inspector of the cyber crime police station.