In a threatening incident, A teenage girl from Bengaluru was blackmailed by a person, who has sent her objectionable photos on WhatsApp demanding a ransom of Rs 32 lakh, failing which he threatened to upload them on various social networking sites.
After knowing the incident to parents, the girl’s father, a 44-year-old businessman, wants to take action against the culprit, had approached the police and filed a formal complaint.
He has stated that his daughter, a student, received a Whatsapp message from an unknown person a few days ago. The message had the girl’s objectionable photos and the sender demanded money of Rs 32 lakh for not sharing the photos on social media.
Following this, the girl blocked that particular phone number, but the accused sent a text message to her mother’s mobile stating, “If you block me on WhatsApp and Facebook, the photos will be uploaded in websites. See what I will do.”
Then after a week, the girl got a message again from another mobile number stating, “You played with me. Now see FB post. If you again block this number I will inform your parents.” The message also threatened the girl indicating some trouble ness.
“It appears that someone known to the girl or her family members are behind the act, as the miscreant has also got the phone number of the girl’s mother and texting her thinking that the girl is using the number,” the police said, refusing to divulge more information.
“We are also gathering information from the girl to know whether she knows the accused,” they added.
The police have registered the case and booked the accused under section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) and section 66 (computer related offences) of the Information Technology Act, and for extortion, criminal intimidation and stalking.
The Further investigation is under probe.