The Federal Cybercrime Reporting Center (CCRC) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested a man in Lahore for harassing and blackmailing a woman through his "objectionable" photos and videos, emerged Tuesday.
A statement issued by FIA Deputy Director CCRC Lahore, Chaudhry Sarfraz, said a Sheikhupura resident filed a complaint that her sister was being harassed and blackmailed by a Lahore resident through photos and videos taken without her consent.
According to the first informative report of the case, seen by Dawn.com, the author stated that his sister came into contact with the suspect and subsequently met him. During this meeting, the suspect "misleadingly captured objectionable images and videos of her" and also stole her cell phone, the FIR said.
He said the suspect forced the woman to give him 300,000 rupees and now demanded 500,000 rupees more for blackmail.
After registering the complaint, the CCRC deputy director Lahore formed an investigation team that carried out a raid and retrieved two mobile phones of the suspect. One of these contained objectionable content about women, according to the statement.
"After the recovery of the alleged material and sufficient incriminating evidence, the defendant […] he was arrested and the recovered mobile phones were stopped by the FIA through a seizure memo, "he added.
According to the FIR, the suspect confessed his fault during the interrogation on the spot.
Today a case was filed against man under Sections 20, 21 and 24 of the Electronic Crime Prevention (Freckle) Act read with Section 420 of the Pakistan Criminal Code. The investigation of the case has been assigned to inspector Sabahat Noor.
The development comes days after the FIA arrested two Lahore men in separate cases for harassing and blackmailing many women, including a Malaysian national, through social media.