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My ex-boyfriend is blackmailing me to post my photos on WhatsApp

Shivendra Pratap Singh

Advocate (Lucknow)

Online advising since Oct. 2014

Criminal Law

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Question: My ex-boyfriend is blackmailing me after the breakup. He said that he will post my photos on whatsapp. We had been in a relationship for a year. Eventually I got to know his orthodox thinking about women and stuff and one day he blackmailed me that if I don’t listen to him he will reveal our relationship to my parents. And he came to my house and made a big scene.

Then I broke up with the guy. Now almost after a year he is texting me blackmailing me with our old pics that he will post everywhere. Texting and calling my friends and family members. defaming my name and reputation. Creating chaos at my doorstep threatening that he would kidnap me and make me suffer.

Asked from: Goa

It sounds like your ex-boyfriend is engaging in a form of harassment and blackmail, which is unacceptable and illegal. You have the right to feel safe and secure, and you do not deserve to be threatened or coerced in this way.

You should document all of the texts and calls that he has made to you, your friends and family. This can be used as evidence in case you decide to take legal action against him.

You should also contact the local police and file an FIR against him. The police can take action against him for blackmail and harassment, and may be able to provide you with additional protection. They can also advise you on the steps you can take to protect yourself.

You should also consider getting a restraining order, which can prohibit him from contacting you, your family and friends. This will help you to feel safe and secure, and can also prevent him from posting any photos or information about you online.

It is also important to reach out to your friends and family and let them know what is happening. They can provide you with support and help you to cope with the situation.

Finally, you should understand that what you are going through is not your fault. You have the right to make your own choices and to be in a relationship with someone who respects and values you. You should not let him continue to control or blackmail you.

You should immediately lodge a First Information Report (FIR) against him. Circulating private pictures of a lady in the public is an offence under the Information Technology Act (IT Act). Section 67 of the IT Act punishing the act of dissemination of private or obscene photographs on the internet. Section 84-C of the IT Act enumerates that an attempt to commit any offence is also an offence. Hence, you should lodge an FIR.

Blackmailing is an act of attempt to commit offence

He has been threatening to spread your private photographs on the internet. This act shows that he has the intention to commit an offence and is very likely to disseminate them. It is a penultimate act and if not prevented at this stage he will certainly commit the offence. Blackmailing is an act which is more than preparation and it proves that he has attempted to commit an offence under section 67 of the IT Act. 

You should not delete those messages because it will prove your case. Those messages prove that your ex-boyfriend is blackmailing and threatening to publish photographs on social media. Don’t be afraid that your family and friends will know about this incident. These types of criminals have very weak character and usually run away after knowing that the victim has initiated a legal proceeding against him. So, you should take proper legal action against him.

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Shivendra Pratap Singh

Advocate (Lucknow)

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