In December 2011, the cyber crime investigation cell (CCIC) of the Mumbai police arrested a 24-year-old who had allegedly created a fake profile of a 23-year-old woman and had posted photographs showing her in bad light.
Police said Swapnil Patode met the victim at a technical institute in Kolhapur in 2008. The two became friends and chatted regularly.
"In 2009, the victim shifted to Pune to pursue further studies. Patode, who was still communicating with her, told her he was coming to meet her in Pune," an officer said.
Once he reached Pune, Patode allegedly gave the woman a soft drink mixed with some intoxicant, which made her feel dizzy.
"Patode then allegedly took advantage of the victim and took some photographs of her that showed her in bad light," the officer said.
Patode then allegedly tried to force the victim into maintaining a physical relationship with him by threatening to upload the photographs on to a networking site.
When the woman did not agree, Patode made good his threat and created a fake profile in the name of the woman and uploaded photographs.
When the woman saw this, she confided in her family members who approached the CCIC with a complaint. CCIC investigated the matter and found the allegations to be true.
Patode had, by then, left for the US for further studies. When he returned, the CCIC received a tip-off and arrested him from the international airport in December 2011.