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Imposter held for abusing girls on Facebook

(ILLUSTRATION) An illustration dated 23 January 2012 shows the silhouette of a man in front of a screen with the logo of the online network Facebook in Hanover, Germany. Facebook is being criticized again and again for data privacy. Most recently, Facebook has introduced the Timeline, with which Facebook users can share moments of the entire life with other internet users online. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte -ALLIANCE-INFOPHOTO

New Delhi, August 25, 2016: He had made a fake Facebook profile by posing as a beautiful woman and would send random friend requests to young girls and chat with them. A few days later, he would ask to meet them. On refusal, he would create a fake profile of the girl who had rejected him filled with pornographic content. He would also share the girl’s details on escort service and adult websites.

But this was not the end of the nightmare for his victims. He would blackmail the girls by threatening to put their fake profile on their school’s Facebook page or circulate it in their friends’ circle and locality. He had even demanded money in some cases.

The culprit was finally nabbed and he turned out to be a 24-year-old married man who had blackmailed and defamed at least 100 girls in this manner.

The accused, Akhilesh, was an imposter since an early age. He had given his uncle’s name as that of his father in his school records. The same was done for his driving licence. He told police that he had come to Delhi as a child with his uncle Gaya Prasad and looked up to him like a father.

Akhilesh, a resident of Bakkarwala village in west Delhi, is a native of Bhind in Madhya Pradesh. He dropped out of school after failing Class X. He had earlier worked as a helper at an export company in Wazirpur, but of late he had taken up a driver’s job.

An aspiring singer, Akhilesh wanted to go to Bollywood. He had first tried to befriend a girl from his neighbourhood but failed. He then made a Facebook profile using her name and picture and began sending messages and friend requests to school- and college-going girls.

The police have lodged a case under IPC sections 354D, 509 and 506 and Section 12 of POCSO Act. “A person complained that his minor daughter was being harassed and blackmailed through Facebook messenger. The accused had created her fake Facebook profile and given out her mobile number and posted photographs with obscene titles. Inspector Ramesh Dahiya from the cyber cell nabbed the accused,” said DCP (northwest) Vijay Singh.

“A mobile phone containing contact numbers of around 100 girls has been seized. It has been sent for forensic analysis to extract information on the deleted data,” the DCP added.