On May 2, police booked three members of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for posting nude videos online of a 13-year-old girl in Kadiri, Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. Out of the three accused, one is a female member of the ruling party, and a works as a tailor. Another accused, Nagaraju is an employee at the Garlapenta Society Bank.

The victim is a class 9 student who allegedly went to get a dress stitched by the female accused, Kavitha, when the other accused Nagaraju made her video using a hidden camera, reported Sakshi Post

The accused then demanded sex from the girl and tried blackmailing her with the video clips. When the girl denied, Nagaraju and his friend Nagesh posted the videos online on a porn website. 

The parents of the 13-year-old were informed about the videos by some acquaintances and they lodged a police complaint against the accused. The videos have been deleted immediately. All three of the accused are currently absconding. 

Incidents of this nature is not uncommon as miscreants often use any opportunity to exploit women sexually. Often minor girls are considered easy targets by predators due to lack of awareness and fear of society. In such a situation, parents and educational institutions should focus on imparting knowledge about how to protect oneself from sexual predators and also about the legal provisions related to such acts. 

Across the globe, incidents of blackmailing minor girls and females by posting their explicit online videos have become a menace. The cyber space has been reduced to become another unsafe space for women and the only way to protect oneself is by being cautious about one's surrounding and by not avoiding any suspicious activity by anyone. On the legal side, lawmakers must enact stricter cyber laws to provide safety to individuals in this internet age.