A 27-year-old marketing executive from Vadodara, Gujarat, searching for a flat on the rent in Mumbai, faced cyber sexual harassment by a man impersonating as a flat-owner. Followed by this, she took to Twitter and complained to Mumbai Police regarding the incident after which she was asked by them to lodge a plaint at the nearest police station in Gujarat.
Having worked from home during the pandemic, the woman was planning to return to Mumbai in December. She was looking for rooms on rent on a Facebook group that connects youngsters with the same need.
During the hunt, she had contacted a few people and enquired about a room in the western suburbs. In return, she received a message from a man with an ID named Akshay Singh asking her if she was still looking for one. On answering positively, he sent some pictures and videos of flat – which he claimed to be his. Followed by this, the man asked for her contact number for further communication.
The man then offered her to stay without paying rent on a condition to agree to get intimate with him. Receiving such messages, the woman stopped replying to Singh’s messages. Furious by this behaviour, he threatened the woman of creating a fake account in her name, make her phone number viral as a sex worker and defame her on social media.
The woman then posted the whole account on Twitter and tagged Mumbai Police in her Tweet. The Mumbai Police in a reply to her tweet said that she should approach the local police of her area but she is yet to lodge a complaint in Gujarat.