Blackmailed for being gay

Cops arrest prowler who extorted money after sex

A 25-year-old man was arrested at Safdarjung Enclave in south Delhi for extorting money from several men who had earlier established a homosexual relationship with him, police said.

Rahul David, an Ambedkar Colony-resident, was arrested on Sunday while he was trying to extort money from a director of a private company threatening to expose him as gay, said a police officer.

A case under section 384 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against him at Safdarjung Enclave police station.

During interrogation, Rahul told police that during the evenings he used to visit different parks of south Delhi and look for men who could be gay like him.

After finding such people, he used to take their cellphone numbers and address and fix meetings, the officer added.

After few days he used to visit their homes and blackmail them. He demanded money threatening to expose their sexual preferences to their family members.

Fearing social stigma, people used to give him the amount he demanded.  Sometimes, Rahul visited the same person twice or thrice to extort money.

There were many complaints filed at police stations in south Delhi.

Rahul had extorted Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000 earlier from a director of a private company with whom he had established a relationship.

But when he reached the director’s house on Sunday and started demanding money again, he was refused.

Rahul threatened to expose the victim before his family members.

The director made a call to the police control room and told them that Rahul was blackmailing and trying to extort money from him.

Local police reached the spot and arrested the accused.

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