Hyderabad: With schools conducting online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are buying mobile phones for their children so that they can attend their classes without fail. One such student is a 16-year-old first-year intermediate student. He had received a smartphone from his parents to attend online classes. However, the boy used the phone to create morphed nude photos of his classmate and blackmailed her
According to the Rachakonda cyber crime police, the teenager, a resident of Mudchintalapally mandal in Medchal Malkajgiri district, was a member of a WhatsApp group along with his Class X classmates. He saw the victim's photo on the group and sent her a message. But she did not respond and later blocked him. According to the police, this rattled him and he sought to defame her.
He installed an app on his phone and registered four virtual numbers with WhatsApp. Then he took screenshots of the victim's profile picture from WhatsApp and installed Faceapp Editor app on his phone. "Using the app, he morphed the photo of the victim with photos of nude women and sent the same to her through the fake virtual numbers," said the police.
Later, the teenager started blackmailing the victim to make nude video calls. He threatened to share the photos with others on the WhatsApp group. But, she did not respond.
Following a complaint from the victim, the cyber crime police apprehended the teenager under various sections of the IPC, the POCSO Act, and the IT Act.
During the course of the investigation, the police found that the accused had logged into Google Dashboard from his uncle's mobile phone and erased all his data from his mobile phone. "The act committed by the accused constitutes an offence punishable and Section 201 of the IPC (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) is appended to sections as the accused caused disappearance of the technical evidence in this offence," said the police.