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How a 19-yr-old ‘stalked, blackmailed’ 50 women online for over a year, before he was arrested

Faridabad resident Rahim Khan, who has been arrested, stalked girls on social media and then morphed their photos & blackmailed them, said Delhi Police.

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New Delhi: He stalked at least 50 women online, morphed their photos and blackmailed them for over a year without getting caught — all for “fun and pleasure”, according to the police who finally arrested the 19-year-old Wednesday.

An Instagram account and photo editing skills were all he needed to carry out his activities, before law caught up with him.

The police said Rahim Khan’s “victims” included minor girls.

He would send the women and minor girls their objectionably morphed images, and then blackmail them into sending him their nude photographs, said the police.

Khan, a carpenter and resident of Haryana’s Faridabad, was “well versed” with the technology required to morph photographs, said a senior police officer, who did not wish to be named.

“The accused knows how to use various applications to morph images. He can operate the apps like a professional,” the officer told ThePrint.

Khan allegedly told the police that he did all this for “fun and pleasure”, and there was no other motive for his crime.


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Rahim Khan’s modus operandi

According to the police, Khan operated on Instagram and chose his victims randomly from across the country. He would stalk their social media accounts and would send follow requests if the accounts were private.

“Those whose accounts are open, he would directly take their photos and then morph them into obscene images. For those whose accounts are blocked, he would use a fake identity of a lady and try to befriend them. Once the girl accepts the requests, he would take their photos and then morph them. The accused would then blackmail those girls by sending the morphed images, forcing them to send him their nude photos,” the officer quoted above said.

He allegedly used images from porn websites and editing softwares like Photoshop to morph the women’s photographs.

During the investigation, Khan confessed to harassing more than 50 women, including minor girls.

And he had managed to get away with this for more than a year because most of the women did not report the alleged harassment, said the police.

“We are investigating the other victims he harassed and also trying to trace all the districts and states. He has said that he randomly chose the girls,” the police officer said.

“We are probing how many girls he has blackmailed in his hometown,” he added.


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The complaint 

Khan was finally arrested Wednesday after a complaint was filed against him at the RK Puram police station in Delhi.

According to the complainant, a minor, Khan sent her morphed photos on Instagram and demanded nude photographs in exchange.

An FIR was registered against him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and 67B of the Information Technology Act.

The Delhi Police cyber cell then conducted a technical inquiry into the matter — tracking social media, surveillance among other things — and also sought details from Instagram about the account.

A team was formed, subsequently, and Khan was arrested from his home.

The cyber cell unit also recovered “incriminating evidence” — chats and videos — from the cell phone of the accused. Photos shared by the victims were also found on his phone.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. One musLim boy commits CriMe and is guiLt in a shamefuL act does not mean that the entire COMMUNITY OF MUSLIMS OR names like Khan /pathan REPRESENTS isLAM OR THE MUSLIM religion.- hope so #miss DEBJANi debroy & #PERVUSSiONisT you get my Vibe.!

    Don’t question the CONSTITUTION of this nation for it’s SECULARism bind and folioS because when great Muslim Leaderships do good works at that time why don’t you even whisper or open your mouth for appraisal ••when APJ ABDUL KALAM AZAD sacrificed his WHOLE ENTire Life for the country India in fields of POLITICS & SCEIENCE & ALSO DEFENCE. (which you people think is only your country). WHEN SANia Mirza won you Olympics& international ACCOLADES in tennis world cups; when SHAHRUKH KHAN EARNS MILLIONS IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FROM OUTSIDE AND PAYS TAX TO GOVT. OF INDIA- WHY DONT YOU SPEAK OF SALMAN KHAN WHO DONATES CRORES OF MONEY TO THE NEEDY IN TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASES LIKE CANCER,AIDS,TB ETC UNDER HIS NGO -BEING HUMAN FOUNDATION…WHY DONT YOU RESPECT AMIR KHAN WHOSE ONE MOVIE LIKE DANGAL EARNED AROUND 1900 CRORES MORE THAN BAAHUBALi..combining CHINA -OVERSEAS-USA+INTERNATIONAL COLLECTIONS MAKing a record in Bollywood who also pays taX toINDIA GOVERNMENTS IT DEPARTMENT FOR THE WELFARE OF PEOPLE OF INDIA & NATION…also when PEOPLE LIKE A.R. REHMAN WON OSCARS FOR THis country and won your hearts ❤️ & worLdwide and people Like HAMID ANSARi served in the Indian politics so we’ll did you forget all these good MEN …! OH WAH KYA BAAT HAi jee
    WHY ONLY IF A MUSLIM DOES A CRIME -YOU BLAME THE WHOLE COMMUNITY…THAT MEANS A/Q TO YOU NO HINDU IN THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT COMMIT A SINGLE CRIME RIGHT (SMALL or biG )they are BATHED BY PURE MILK Right.. jab koi RSS Or Hindu communaL actiVists RUMOURS, Rights or “DANGEyy ” kartey hai Kya aap Puri HINDU RELigion or COMMUNity ko CULPRit or doshi Thehraatey ho bolo bolo…???
    After reading my caption do compliment and comment. •&• DEBJANi debroy and MR. PERCUSSiONisT PLEASE DO REPLY TO MY COMMENTS if you have the BRAVEST GUTS IN YOUR BLOOD AND IF YOU HAVE THE BLOODiest SupeRLatiVe ÅUDACity in your HATRED HINDUTVA BLOOD …OK ….

  2. Had the culprit been a Hindu, “regressive” Hindu society would have been put on trial and castigated and excoriated. As he happens to be from the minority community, nothing was said about his society and its mores. Such special treatment is reserved only for Hindus.

  3. We’re still paying for the follies of pseudo secularism committed in 1947 – full population switch should’ve been done at that time. This community is not meant to stay with civilized people, examples are world over.

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