CHENNAI: A final year engineering student was arrested by the Egmore All Women’s Police for circulating obscene photos of girls he had befriended through Facebook.
The accused, V Samuel (21) of Mylapore, was arrested on a complaint by a 22-year-old woman, working in a petrol bunk.
In her complaint, the woman had said she befriended Samuel on Facebook, a year back and exchanged numbers. The duo began talking over the phone and within weeks, he reportedly proposed to her. A few months later, the duo had stayed at a private lodge on East Cost Road, where Samuel reportedly took photos of the girl without her knowledge. He had also taken photos when they were in an intimate relationship. On realising that she was being cheated, the girl started avoiding him, police said.
Then, he began blackmailing her threatening to upload her pictures on the internet and he circulated the photos to his friends. it was then that she lodged a complaint with the Egmore All Women Police Station.
On the advice of the police officials, she had asked Samuel to meet her at a temple in Mylapore, where a trap was laid and he was caught red handed.
Further inquiry case revealed that the engineering student had cheated around 18 girls in the same way. “If the girls rejected his proposal, he would send them a picture of his hand slit and threaten to commit suicide. Later, he took the girls to hotel rooms where he took photos of the girls,” police said.
“All the women he had befriended were either studying or working. But no other complaints have been filed so far,” added the police.