The Thane (rural) police have unearthed a major sex racket, where obscene video clips involving tribal women were being prepared and sold for Rs 100.
A case has been registered at Jawahar police station. The police arrested Zahir Shaikh (23) and Zakir Shaikh (32) and recovered five data storage cards containing obscene videos, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Shiv Maithili Jha. The police have identified three victims so far.
Sources said Zahir, who works as a driver, had an affair with one of the victims. He lured her and got the video shot with Zakir’s help. “The victim came to know about it through friends who helped her report the matter,” said Jha.
The 38-year-old victim lodged the complaint on February 4. “The woman is a widow and mother of three.” Jha said. Though the case has come to light now, it has been found that the videos were made quite some time ago. “We found that some videos had been shot in 2008. They shot these videos, copied them on to CDs, later transferring them to data storage cards which were sold for Rs 100 each,” said Jha.
“We have been able to identify one Raj Mahal hotel in Jawahar where one video was shot,” she said, adding that the owner of the hotel was an elderly woman. “We suspect her involvement in the case.”
The men have been booked under the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Cast and the Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.