Minor girl molested by man after obscene posts on Facebook; 3 booked

Thane: A 27-year-old man allegedly molested a minor girl and blackmailed her by creating a fake Facebook account in her name to post obscene messages and pictures, police said today. Three persons, including the youth and two of his woman friends, have been booked in this connection, they said.

The man, who is a close relative of the 16-year-old victim's father, allegedly created the fake account on Facebook last year. He then purportedly sent obscene pictures and messages from the fake account to a female friend of his, who is also
an acquaintance of the victim, said Senior Police Inspector Gajanan Kabdule of Naupada police station, based on
a complaint filed by the victim's mother.

In August last year, the man sent screenshots of certain messages sent from the fake account to the victim on her
mobile messenger WhatsApp and allegedly blackmailed her.

He also called her to a place in Thane's Naupada locality where he allegedly molested and beat her up, police said.
The man later got the obscene messages deleted from his female friend's account. He then asked the victim to send him all screenshot messages he sent earlier, on his WhatsApp to resolve the matter.

However, after the victim sent him the messages, the man, on May 26 this year, posted the same on another woman
friend's Facebook page, as per the complaint. After this, he allegedly threatened the victim and her mother saying he would post the obscene messages and pictures on their relatives' Facebook accounts and defame them, the complaint mentioned.

Police registered offences in the wee hours today against three persons - the man and his two woman friends - under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 292, 500 (defamation), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and also relevant sections of the IT Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police said.

No arrest has been made so far in this connection, they added.

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