In another case, Uttar Pradesh reported a bizarre case of a man who allegedly harassed 370 women via WhatsApp video call. The Woman Power Line team has arrested the 35 year old man.
Accused Used Seven Mobile Phones To Harass Women
As per the latest reports, the accused who has been identified as Shiv Kumar Verma is a graduate. The police arrested him from his stationery shop in the area of Ballia. The police revealed that Verma had seven phones and each had different numbers. He would contact women by randomly looking for contacts via the Truecaller app.
Verma would save the numbers registered under female names and make obscene video calls via WhatsApp during odd hours. Later, he would destroy the SIM cards and the handsets.
The police revealed that he blackmailed the women into not informing the police. He would undress himself and start the conversation using a video screen recorder. Before the victims could understand and snap the call, he would shoot the conversation.
If any of the women would snap the calls, he would repeatedly harass them. And those who said that they would complain against him, he would threaten them with screen recording and blackmail them by saying that he would send the videos to their in-laws and husband.
Following his threats, many of the victims never reported the matter to the authorities and changed their contact numbers instead.
Shiv Kumar Verma Received WPL Counselling Multiple Times
The police received the first complaint against Verma from Lucknow in February 2020. The officer revealed that he had received counselling from WPL 1090 multiple times but he never changed his ways.
The police said that he has been booked under the charges of singing, reciting, and uttering obscene words. Along with stalking, forgery, dishonesty, and criminal intimidation.
Neera Rawat, Additional Director General of Police, 1090 WPL, said more girls and women under distress should use the service by calling 1090. She said that they are constantly helping them via social media by running awareness campaigns.