did Seema Khanna (name changed), an employee with an
embassy in New Delhi, know that web surfing would lead to
an invasion of her privacy.
In an apparent case of cyber stalking, Khanna (32)
received a series of e-mails from a man asking her to
either pose in the nude for him or pay Rs 1 lakh to him.
In her complaint to Delhi Police, the woman said she
started receiving these mails in the third week of
accused threatened Khanna that he would put her morphed
pictures on display at sex websites , along with her
telephone number and address. He also allegedly threatened
to put up these pictures in her neighbourhood in southwest
"Initially, she ignored the mails , but soon she
started receiving letters through post, repeating the same
threat. She was forced to report the matter to the
police," said an officer with cyber crime cell.
That, however, was not the end of her ordeal. The accused
mailed the woman her photographs . The woman claimed these
were the same photographs which she had kept in her mail
folder. The police said the accused had hacked her e-mail
password which enabled him to access the pictures.
preliminary inquiry into the complaint has revealed that the
mails were sent to the victim from a cyber cafe in south
Delhi. "We hope to trace the accused soon," said
deputy commissioner of police (crime) Dependra Pathak.
police feel the accused might be known to the victim as he
seemed to know a lot about her.
The cyber stalker can be booked under Section 509 of the IPC
for outraging the modesty of a woman and also under the
Information Technology Act, 2000.
• Woman threatened by cyber stalker who managed to get her
photographs from her mail folder
• In another case, a housewife started receiving obscene
calls from across the world after a hacker flashed her
details on the Net
• Delhi Police set up two computer training centres this
year to enable its staff to investigate cyber crime
• The police admit IT Act, 2000 is not enough to deal with
Times of India 26.12.2003