Soft­ware en­gi­neer held for sex­ual as­sault, ex­tor­tion

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - V.Narayan @times­group.com

Mum­bai: Jhark­hand po­lice, with the help of their coun­ter­part in And­heri, ar­rested a soft­ware en­gi­neer in a case of sex­ual as­sault and ex­tor­tion filed against him by a 21year-old woman he be­friended on so­cial me­dia. Sau­rabh Ku­mar (24), from Dahisar, was caught from his of­fice on Saki Vi­har Road af­ter the Jhark­hand vic­tim filed a com­plaint against him for mak­ing their sex­ual act go vi­ral on so­cial me­dia as she re­fused to pay him Rs 5 lakh.

Ku­mar had be­friended the col­lege stu­dent through so­cial me­dia in 2016 and when they got closer, she shared her pho­tos with him. “Ku­mar of­ten vis­ited Jhark­hand and recorded their sex­ual acts. He started de­mand­ing money in 2018,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

And­heri po­lice se­nior in­spec­tor Mukund Pawar said they as­sisted Jhark­hand po­lice in track­ing down the ac­cused in the cyber case reg­is­tered in Jam­tara dis­trict.

The vic­tim lodged a com­plaint af­ter she learnt from friends that her sex­ual act was

Da­woodi Bohra com­mu­nity on Satur­day started its fourth an­nual na­tion­wide uplift­ment drive to im­prove the health and well-be­ing of its mem­bers. A com­mu­nity spokesper­son stated that over 20,000 vol­un­teers, com­pris­ing com­mu­nity of­fi­cials, en­gi­neers, ar­chi­tects, doc­tors, lawyers, busi­ness­men and other joined the cause. posted on so­cial me­dia. Ku­mar al­legedly used a fake iden­tity to cre­ate an ac­count and up­load the video. “Ku­mar and the vic­tim came in con­tact through so­cial me­dia, they met and got into a re­la­tion­ship. The ac­cused recorded the vic­tim’s MMS, which he used to try and ex­tort money. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on,” su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (Jam­tara cyber po­lice) Shailen­dra Sinha told TOI.

The Jam­tara team got a tran­sit re­mand of Ku­mar af­ter he was pro­duced be­fore a Ban­dra court on Satur­day. Ku­mar has been booked un­der In­dian Pe­nal Code sec­tions 376 (rape), 387 (putting per­son in fear of death or of grievous hurt to com­mit ex­tor­tion) and un­der In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Act sec­tions 66 (A) (send­ing of­fen­sive mes­sage), 66 (B) (dis­hon­estly re­ceiv­ing stolen com­puter re­source), 66 (C) (iden­tity theft), 66 (D) (cheat­ing by im­per­son­ation), 66 (E) (vi­o­la­tion of pri­vacy) and 67 (A) (pub­lish­ing or trans­mit­ting of ma­te­rial con­tain­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit act in elec­tronic form).

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