Mumbai: Man held for raping, uploading photos of woman on social media

The Kurar Police have arrested a 23-year-old man for allegedly raping a woman and then posting her objectionable pictures on the social networking platforms. The accused has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act. He was produced in a local magistrate court and remanded in police custody.

According to Kurar police officials, the 23-year-old man, whose identity has been concealed for security of the victim, had met the woman and befriended her, following which they met casually. On one such occasion, in January last year, the accused man had forced himself on the woman and established sexual relations, after which he had clicked a few objectionable photographs of the woman.

From January last year until recently, the accused blackmailed the woman by threatening to upload the pictures on social media and established sexual relations with her on several occasions in Kurar, Malad (E) and Navi Mumbai. The accused, however, was refused access to the woman after she declined to budge.

An official said, in a fit of anger, he opened a fake social media account in the woman's name and uploaded her objectionable pictures on the web. After learning this, the woman immediately approached police and lodged a complaint, acting on which a First Information Report was registered.

The accused was then traced to Pune and arrested from Hadapsar area and brought to the city. In Mumbai, he was produced before a local magistrate court and remanded in police custody.

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