A 24-year-old man has been arrested in Assam for allegedly harassing a Delhi-based woman on social media and threatening to defame her by going viral on WhatsApp, police said Monday.
The defendant, Chandan Nath, has a degree in political science and works in a mobile shop in Mangaldoi village in Darrang district in Assam, they said.
He harassed the Delhi-based woman via chats and video calls and then threatened her, police said.
The case came to light on September 30 after a woman lodged a complaint with Malviya Nagar Police Station.
She alleged that an unidentified man was harassing her through social media chats and video calls. He also threatened to go viral on WhatsApp to defame her, she alleged.
Deputy Police Commissioner (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said based on her complaint, a case was registered under section 354 A (sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment), 509 (speech, gesture or act intended to insult a woman’s modesty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act and the investigation has been initiated.
During the investigation, through surveillance and technical analysis, the police managed to locate the accused’s cell phone number and it was reset in Mangaldoi village, he said. .
“A team was dispatched and the accused, who was later identified as Chandan Nath, was arrested. The cell phone used by the accused was also recovered,” Thakur said.
The accused revealed that he used to make friends on social media. After befriending them, he then intimidated them by threatening to go viral their conversations and images on social media platforms to defame them, ”the DCP said.
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