An engineer who had accused his ‘internet friend’ — a woman researcher at IIT Mumbai — of blackmailing him to marry her, withdrew his petition after she gave an undertaking not to chat with him online or communicate in any manner.
“She states that she would not write any letter, email or make communication to the petitioner except for legal remedies,” justice Mukta Gupta said in his order. “She had been threatening on email to commit suicide and thus to preempt any criminal action and to save the life of the woman, he filed the petition,” the Delhi high court said.
The woman, however, alleged that he promised to marry her and then backed out.
In his plea, the petitioner said he befriended the girl, a PhD holder in physics, on the internet last August and began chatting with her. The duration of chatting gradually grew longer and often ended late into the night. Later, she resorted to emotional blackmail to marry him, the petition alleged.