Man morphs photos of minors, blackmails them

Last Updated 25 September 2016, 04:39 IST

Frustrated over not been able to get married for a long time, a mobile shop owner made obscene morphed photos of minor girls and threatened to make them viral if they refuse to have “sex-chat” with him on phone.

Rajesh Gambhir, 29, was arrested for morphing photos of over 50 girls and sending them on their Whatsapp number in North West Delhi’s Ashok Vihar area, police said on Saturday.

A mobile shop owner in Kishan Ganj’s Basant Nagar, Gambhir had not been able to marry due to his poor financial condition, police said.

To satisfy his sexual frustration, Gambhir started befriending girls between 9 to 16 years of age on Facebook. He would then strike a conversation with them on Facebook messenger, said police.

“During the conversation he would ask for their phone numbers,” said a senior police officer. After getting their phone numbers, Gambhir would send morphed pictures of the victims on their Whatsapp number, and ask them to have sex-chat with him else he would made the photos public, said an investigator.

The incident came to the fore on September 22, when a man complained to police that his daughter had received her morphed obscene photo from an unknown number on her Whatsapp number.

The man said the images had a nude body superimposed by the face of her daughter, who is a student of class 9. A case was registered and during the technical surveillance of the number, investigators found that it was procured through a fake identity.

After sustained investigation, police finally zeroed in on the accused Rajesh Gambhir. He was subsequently nabbed from his house. During the raid at his house, police seized three mobile phones and the SIM card through which he had sent the morphed photo of the girl.

After checking the mobile phone and the SIM card, investigators recovered morphed photos of several other girls.

During the interrogation, Gambhir revealed to the investigators that he was frustrated for not been able to marry anyone yet. He further told his interrogators that he used to surf Facebook by putting any random girl’s name on the search option.

He would then save the girl’s profile photo, and then start conversing with her after sending her a friend request. During the conversation he would take her phone number and start sending her morphed photo in a bid to blackmail her, said police. He had procured ‘cut and paste’ application in his mobile phone through which he could cut and paste the photos of one person on other.

Morphed objectionable pictures of many girls were found in his mobile and he had saved details of more than 50 girls in his phone, said police.

Gambhir told police that he used the identity documents of his customers for procuring SIM cards which he later used for sending morph photos to his victims.

(Published 25 September 2016, 04:39 IST)

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