Facebook, WhatsApp and, of course, Instagram have become lifeline for millennials. People find and maintain friendships, love and even relationships online, making these platforms so essential. However, the sad reality is that these same platforms can become a nightmare for anyone at any moment. Recently, an imposter, most likely a 21-year old male, tricked a17-year old college boy into sharing his nudes and later used them to extort Rs 6.4 lakh and ornaments.
Here is everything you need to know about it and what to do if someone blackmails you on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram over intimate photos or videos.
Don’t tolerate any blackmailing from the start itself. You need to make up your mind to fightback from day one itself
If you are being blackmailed, remember sexting is not a crime. In fact, blackmailing or sharing personal images is a crime in India
Remember, you are not at fault because you shared your intimate photos with someone you had trusted. It is the other person who is wrong and needs to be checked
Before you reach the local police, contact a lawyer and take proper advice to fight the blackmailer. This will help you present a stronger case to the police
You can also report the crime anonymously at www.cybercrime.gov.in. This is a dedicated website by Ministry of Home Affairs
If you report it online at www.cybercrime.gov.in then note that the complaints are dealt by respective police authorities of States/UTs based on the information provided by you
There is also the option to track the progress of the case at www.cybercrime.gov.in
On the website, click on the Report and track option on the homepage under “Report Your Complaint” section. You will have to create an account by providing your mobile number and name. After which you will have the option to report the content and also track it’s progress.
Report to Facebook: You can report blackmail to Facebook at this link — https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/567360146613371
Report to Instagram: You can report blackmail to Facebook at this link — https://help.instagram.com/contact/1681792605481224?helpref=faq_content
Report to WhatsApp by using the Report feature in the chat itself
Capturing or publishing images of person without consent is a punishable offence under Section 66E of the IT Act, 2000– Violation of privacy
Sharing images or videos to defame someone is punishable under Section 67 of the IT Act, 2000–Transmitting obscene electronic material
If the victim is a minor, below 18 years, then Section 67B of the IT Act, 2000–Child pornography applies