Jilted lover arrested for creating fake Facebook profile to malign woman

Shah had got in touch with the victim nearly a year ago on Yahoo Messenger and both had exchanged numbers.

By: Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: November 15, 2014 6:50 pm
Cyber-crime The accused allegedly used Facebook as a means to take revenge on a divorced woman

A jilted lover was arrested by the cyber crime cell of the Vadodara police Saturday for creating fake profile of a woman on a social networking site Facebook with the aim to malign her character by portraying her as a call girl.

The accused, Bhupendra Shah, a resident of Ghodasar in Ahmedabad, allegedly used Facebook as a means to take revenge on a divorced woman, who is a resident of Karelibaug in Vadodara, by creating three fake accounts and profiles and posting her photograph and mobile number on each of them. Police said Shah posted a message that suggested that the owner of the mobile number was a prostitute seeking clients through the social networking site.

“Shah created three accounts in the name of Poonam Shah, Nick Shah and Hasya Shah, and posted the mobile number of the victim on each of these accounts along with her photo and a message that suggested that she was seeking clients. Soon after, the victim started receiving calls form anonymous persons asking for her ‘rate’. Alerted, she asked from where they got her mobile number and learnt that her number was in circulation on social networking site,” said cyber crime cell PI VJ Rathod.

The victim lodged a police complaint and an investigation was launched. Soon, police sought details of the creator of the account from the Facebook and in a month and half, they learnt that the accused was behind creating the profile. Police booked him under various acts of the Information technology Act (2008) and Indian Penal Code for spreading obscene materials using computer device to malign the character of the victim.

Shah had got in touch with the victim nearly a year ago on Yahoo Messanger and both had exchanged numbers. The victim, divorcee, had refused to marry the accused and had married someone else. In order to take revenge for being jilted in love, he tried to malign her character using fake Facebook profile, police said.

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