The accused further stated that she “liked it”
A film actress lodged a complaint on December 11, 2020, against an unidentified man, who allegedly masturbated over a video call made to her repeatedly.
The actress approached Versova Police, who have booked an unidentified accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Information Technology (IT) Act.
The actress said she had been similarly harassed in 2019, she had reportedly received eight lewd WhatsApp video calls.
After asking the help of a friend to record her screen during a call, she filed an FIR (First Incident Report) with the Mumbai Police.
It had allegedly taken the police over two months to track down the suspect previously, who had turned out to be a man from Delhi.
According to the actress, she received a WhatsApp video call on December 11, 2020, from an unidentified number with a UK area code.
She disconnected twice and accidentally answered the third time, only to see that a man was masturbating on the video call.
The actress quickly took screenshots of the call to lodge a complaint and hanged up.
The accused then messaged the actress, addressing her by name, on why was she not coming on screen and hiding her face.
The accused further stated that she “liked it” before.
The irate actress asked the accused as to when did she like it.
She was then sent a thread of messages saying that he was calling his friend and had accidentally called her instead.
When the actress demanded an explanation, he claimed that he was a 20-year-old student studying in the UK.
The actress stated in her complaint:
“I did not believe a word he said and approached police to lodge a complaint.
“Last year also, a similar incident had occurred wherein I had received lewd video calls from eight numbers.
“An FIR was filed then as well.”
A police officer said that they have booked the unidentified accused under relevant sections of the IPC.
The accused was also booked under the IT Act for sexual harassment (Section 354A) and word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman (Section 509) along with section 67A of the IT Act.
Raghvendra Thakur, senior inspector of Versova police station stated:
“We are investigating the matter and have put his number in the system to search for leads. No arrest has been made.”