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Kerala man threatens Pune fashion designer with morphed images, demands physical relation

 A 42-year-old woman fashion designer was shocked as her images were morphed into porn content and threatened with making them viral. Following a complaint, the accused, a native of Kerala was booked

Kerala man threatens Pune fashion designer with morphed images, demands physical relation-ycb
Pune, First Published Aug 11, 2020, 11:53 AM IST
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Pune: A Kerala man has been booked by the Pune Police after he allegedly threatened a 42-year-old fashion designer with her morphed images.

The man is said to have hoodwinked the woman on the pretext of getting her a role in a Hindi film, for which he took her screen test.

After a few days, the images from the test were turned into porn content by morphing. Later, he threatened her of making those images public if she does not heed to his demand of having a physical relation with him.

The accused Rahul Srivastava and the complainant got to know each other through a common WhatsApp group of people in the fashion industry. After taking her into confidence, the accused offered a role to the fashion designer in a film saying he will be directing and also asked her to come to a hotel in Pune’s Salunkhe Vihar area.

As the woman declined to come all the way to Mumbai from Pune for the same, he then arranged for a video call test. The accused allegedly took screenshots of the video and morphed them, as per reports.

As the woman kept imagining her role, soon images were shared with her on WhatsApp and the woman was shocked as her pictures were turned into pornographic content after morphing.

The man threatened her by saying that he would circulate them if she refused to sleep with him. Since she refused to heed to his demands, he sent one of the images to the common WhatsApp group to shame her.

Soon, she exited the group. Since harassment continued, she approached police who booked Srivastava under the IT Act and sections 354 (outraging modesty), 354 (a) (sexual harassment), 354 (d) (stalking) and 509 (intentional insult) of the Indian Penal Code, a report said.

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