A 45-year-old Mumbai woman has filed a police complaint against her former girlfriend, also 45, for posting a nude photo of her on social media.
According to the Times of India, a sessions court on Monday rejected an anticipatory bail plea by the woman against whom the complaint has been filed. The couple work in a private hospital in the city's western suburbs and were in a relationship for over a decade. According to Mumbai police, this is the first time that a case like this has been registered with them.
The police said that the two women were colleagues for a long time before they became close friends. One of them was married, but after her marriage ended the two became even closer and started living together in the Mumbai suburb of Mulund.
"Six months ago, they started having trouble in their relationship," said an officer from the Navghar police station. The complainant then allegedly found out that the accused had been using her photos and passing them off as her own on Facebook for over two years.
On 21 November last year, the complainant informed the cops that the accused was using her nude picture as her own Whatsapp display photo. When she confronted the accused about this, she threatened to malign the victim by circulating her pictures. The victim was left with no other recourse but to file a police complaint.
On 4 February, an FIR was registered with the Navghar police station. The police registered a case under the Indian Penal Code sections 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and under the Information Technology Act.
The TOI report says that the police have opposed an anticipatory bail plea on the grounds that the accused's mobile phone was yet to be recovered and because she could influence witnesses. "With her anticipatory bail being rejected, we wanted to arrest her today itself (Monday), but as it is sundown we cannot arrest a woman. So now we will wait until Tuesday," the police officer said.
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