Mumbai: Cases of women facing sexual harassment online on rise

With the help of technical evidence, a 26-year-old man was arrested from Malad (West) for allegedly sexually harassing a woman from his locality by using a free VPN service after she turned down his advances.

Unemployed man takes help of free VPN service to harass woman who turned down his advances, is arrested

With the help of technical evidence, a 26-year-old man was arrested from Malad (West) on Tuesday for allegedly sexually harassing a woman from his locality by using a free virtual private network (VPN) service after she turned down his advances.

The police said the 26-year-old accused has studied up to HSC and is currently unemployed. “He is very tech savvy… He used a free VPN service to hide his identity while committing the crime from his home,” said an officer.

In February, the woman had approached the Malad police with a complaint, following which an FIR was lodged under the IT Act on charges of sexual harassment, stalking and sending obscene content in electronic form.

As per the complaint, an unknown man uploaded her cellphone number and her address on a porn site. He also ordered sex toys in her name, which were delivered to her address. When the police told the woman the identity of the accused, she informed that she had turned down his advances earlier.

She told the police that she did not know the man was behind the crime.

“The accused has been remanded to police custody for a day by the Borivali magistrate court,” said Assistant Inspector Vivek Tambe, cyber officer in Malad police station.

“He does not have any prior criminal record and has not harassed any other woman till now but committed the crime because he was angry with the complainant for rejecting him,” said an officer.

Businessman arrested for harassing his second wife, defaming her family members on social media

A 25-year-old small-time businessman was arrested on Wednesday in Mumbai for sexually harassing his second wife on social media and defaming her family by circulating her intimate photos and videos.

The victim told the police that her elder sister’s wedding was cancelled due to the actions of the accused and she contemplated suicide. The police said she was counselled.

The 21-year-old woman lives in a chawl with her parents and a 22-year-old sister. She used to work for the accused and after falling in love, they got married earlier this year. However, two months ago she learnt that the accused was already married and his first wife lives in Gujarat.

This led to fights between the couple and the complainant returned to her parents. The police said the man wanted her to return but when she did not, he started sexually harassing her.

“He created a fake profile of hers on a social media platform and uploaded her intimate photos and videos that they had taken during their marriage. He posted cellphone numbers of her and her parents on social media and porn sites, following which the family started receiving obscene calls from unknown men,” said an officer.

“He also sent the links of the online profile to her relatives. Her elder sister was to get married but he defamed her as well and her wedding was cancelled.”

“The man was produced before a magistrate court on Wednesday and remanded to police custody for two days,” said Sub-Inspector Vijay Dhotre.

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