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Rajasthan: WhatsApp group member shares morphed photo of woman, court convicts admin

Two men including a WhatsApp group’s admin were sentenced to one year’s imprisonment with fines after being found guilty in a one and a half year old case of putting a woman’ face in a pornographic image. The image went viral on social media.

July 27, 2018, 1:49 pm

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Jaipur : A court in Parbatsar in Nagaur district on Thursday sentenced two men, including a WhatsApp group’s admin to one year’s imprisonment after finding them guilty in a one-and-a- half-year-old case of morphing a pornographic image and putting the face of a woman known to them on it. The convicts made the morphed photo go viral on social media channels. According to police, a woman lodged an FIR with Pilwa police station on January 17 last year against Kushal Ram, member of a WhatsApp group for spreading her photo with pornographic edits in the group of 125 members. The group was being administered by one Raju Ram. Both were named in the FIR as accused. According to her, Kushal Ram took out an obscene photograph from the internet, edited it and pasted the women’s face on it. He shared it in the group. It went viral, bringing disrepute to her and maligning her image. The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Jyoti Soni convicted Kushal Ram and Raju Ram in the case and sentenced them to a year's imprisonment. The court also imposed a fine on the convicts. Rajuram is a resident of a hamlet near Pilwa village and along with him, Kushal ram was arrested under the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women Act. In the era of fake news and WhatsApp virals, cases like this are on the rise. In a similar case few months ago, an FIR was lodged with Ramganj Police Station in Ajmer. Three videos went viral in which local girls were seen in obscene positions with different men. An unidentified person circulated the video on social media and WhatsApp groups. In Jaipur, another FIR was reported by a woman against her husband who being the admin of the WhatsApp group was sharing indecent photographs. First the accused created a group and added her wife as a member with other employees of his company and started sharing obscene photos and videos.  The wife objected but it didn’t stop and registered a complaint with the police. Police are investigating cases like these and making efforts to check in on them.

First published: July 27, 2018