West Bengal: Revenge Porn Victim Gets Justice As Accused Sentenced To Five-Years In Prison

12 March 2018 1:00 PM GMT
West Bengal: Revenge Porn Victim Gets Justice As Accused Sentenced To Five-Years In Prison

A 20-year-old victim of revenge porn was served justice by a court in Bengal’s East Midnapore district. The accused was sentenced to five years in jail, according to Hindustan Times.


What happened?

The state CID’s lawyer said that 23-year-old Animesh Bakshi was convicted on March 7 for uploading compromising videos of the woman who broke off her relationship with him. He has also been asked to pay a fine of Rs 9,000.

Revenge porn means sharing sexually explicit images and videos on the internet with the aim of extorting or humiliating victims, who are mostly women. This is Bengal CID’s first conviction in cases related to cybercrime, reported the Hindustan Times.

“I would use this occasion to salute the victim. It needed a lot of courage to withstand two days of vigorous cross-examination in the court that she faced. I devoted most of my time over the past six months for this one case, because she deserved justice in time,” said Bivas Chatterjee, special public prosecutor for CID.

“What she suffered is virtual rape and she continues to suffer this. Several of the video clips are still live on porn sites,” he added, reports Hindustan Times.

The case was filed seven months ago. The victim and her father did not attend the Court proceeding on the last day. A CID officer said that they apprehended attacks from people who were close to the convicted.


The revenge

The police said that the victim had some intimate photos and videos of herself on her phone. Animesh, taking advantage of his closeness with the victim, stole those from her phone.

Angered at over this, the girl decided to end the relationship. This is when he chose to upload those videos to various porn sites. He even added the names of the girl and her father, and also mentioned her father’s nickname.

The videos were uploaded in May 2017. In July, the girl’s elder brother saw the video clips in circulation and brought it to the girl’s notice, reported Hindustan Times.

“The girl was devastated and decided to end her life. However, later she gathered courage and reached Panskura police station with her father to lodge a complaint,” said a CID officer, who is not authorised to speak to the media.

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