2 years jail for man for harassing girl on social media

Kanpur: A man has been sentenced to two years in jail by a local court for harassing a minor girl and uploading her morphed, obscene images on social media.

Additional District Judge Vipin Kumar yesterday held Deepak Gaud guilty of harassing the teenage girl and also imposed a fine of Rs 35,000.

In March 2015, Gaud had sent a friend request to the girl on Facebook under a fake name — Lakshya Gaud. When she refused to accept his request, he started sending messages to the girl which were again ignored by her.

After this, he uploaded some photographs from the girl’s Facebook account and morphed them. He sent these images to girl’s inbox and managed to get her phone number from somewhere.

On March 17-18, he called the girl to threaten her that if she does not befriend him, he will upload the photos on social media. When she still did not respond, he uploaded her morphed pictures under a fake account.

When the girl came to know about this, she narrated the whole ordeal to her mother who registered a complaint at Nawabganj police station. A case was lodged against the accused under IT Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

During investigation, police traced Gaud’s address in Nawabganj and arrested him on April 1, 2015. He was sent to jail and was under custody since then.