ON AUGUST 13, Shyam Chaudhary, a priest from Vrindavan, received more than 50 morphed photographs of teenage girls, from Vrindavan and other parts of the country, on WhatsApp. The post also had the names of the girls, their addresses and the “rates” charged by them.
When the priest called up the number from which the photographs had been sent, it was found switched off. Chaudhary then called a friend in Vrindavan, whose daughter also featured in the photographs.
“Shyam Chaudhary came to me and showed the pictures. I already knew that some pictures of my daughter, a graduation student, had been morphed by an unknown man. But I was shocked to see how he had sent the pictures with the ‘rates’ charged,” said the girl’s father.
The girl, who is under depression, has stopped going to college since she heard about her morphed pictures. Her father said he had lodged a complaint with the Vrindavan and Mathura police around nine months ago but is yet to receive a response.
“My son and I had received the morphed pictures of my daughter on WhatsApp in November last year. I contacted Vrindavan Kotwali police station, where we were told to contact the cyber cell. When we went to the cyber cell, we were asked to get permission from the SSP,” he said.
“Even after making several rounds of the SSP office, my complaint was not heard. I stopped pursuing the matter as I was tired of the callous approach of the policemen,” he added.
The family then contacted a Vrindavan-based social activist, Lakshmi Gautam. “Of the 50-plus pictures shared on WhatsApp, 35 were of teenage girls and women belonging to Vrindavan alone… Many families have refused to take up the matter, as it involves young girls. Most of the victims have stopped leaving their homes and are under depression,” she said.
“But many parents Tuesday accompanied me to the police… Nine families met Mathura SP (City) Alok Priyardashi and lodged their complaints in the evening,” said Gautam.
When contacted, Mathura SSP Babloo Kumar said he has ordered that an FIR be lodged into the matter.