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17-yr-old girl’s suicide bid: 2 minors detained for ‘blackmailing teenage girl with her nude pictures’

According to police, the girl had decided to end her life because the friend had started demanding sexual favours from her in return for deleting the pictures. Police said her parents found her in an ailing condition and rushed her to a nearby hospital.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
November 5, 2019 2:56:29 am
On the loose: Politics of Decency “As the culprits were known, we dispatched a team to their houses and got hold of them. They have been sent to a children’s home,” said the senior officer. (Representational Image)

Police have detained two minors after a 17-year-old girl allegedly attempted suicide by consuming poison in Mumbai. Police said the girl, hospitalised since October 29, said she had shared her nude pictures with a male friend who then forwarded those images to his friend.

According to police, the girl had decided to end her life because the friend had started demanding sexual favours from her in return for deleting the pictures. Police said her parents found her in an ailing condition and rushed her to a nearby hospital.

“Initially, she told her mother that she decided to commit suicide as they were pressurising her over studies,” said a senior officer. Police said the girl later broke down and related her ordeal to her mother, telling her that she had been dating a boy for a few months.

“Two months ago, she shared some of her nude images with her male friend. She trusted him, but he in turn forwarded those images to one of his friends,” added another officer.

Police said the friend then contacted the girl and demanded sexual favours in return for deleting the nude images.

“She has been stressed over the issue for a while, as he kept blackmailing her. The 17-year-old then decided to end her life and consumed poison,” an officer said.

Police said after she confided in her mother on Saturday, the parents informed the police following which her statement was recorded and a case was registered under Section 354D of the Indian Penal Code and Section 12 of the Protection of Children under Sexual Offences Act.

“As the culprits were known, we dispatched a team to their houses and got hold of them. They have been sent to a children’s home,” said the senior officer.

Police added that they had seized the mobile phones of the three minors and had sent the gadgets to a forensic laboratory for an analysis. “Their report will help us ascertain more facts about the incident. It may also act as crucial evidence in the case,” an investigator said.

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