Whatsapp rape video: One more arrested

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New Delhi: CBI today arrested another person from Odisha who allegedly shot a sex video without the consent of the girl and circulated it on social media.

This is the second arrest in the cases handed over by the Supreme Court which has taken suo-motu cognisance of a letter written by Hyderabad-based NGO to Chief Justice of India H K Dattu.

The NGO also annexed nine videos of separate sexual offences being circulated on social media in a pen drive. The apex court had ordered CBI to start probe in the cases.

CBI sources said 30-year-old Debashis Dev was arrested from Cuttack for allegedly shooting the sex video of the victim without her consent and circulating it on social media.

Earlier this month, CBI had arrested property dealer Subrat Sahu alias Kalia from Bhubaneswar who has purportedly figured in the video clip.

The sources said a case against Dev has been registered under 292 (Obscene and indecent advertisement and display), 354-C (Voyeurism) and provisions of violation of Information Technology Act on the directions of the Supreme Court.

In none of the cases, it is not clear the time and place of crime, identity of victim and offenders who are appearing in the video.

CBI sources said the case was registered on charges of common intention, propagating obscene material and assault to woman with intent to outrage her modesty under provisions of Indian Penal Code besides provisions of Information Technology Act related to violation of privacy and publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form.

Besides this case, the agency has registered six FIRs of alleged gangrape and one FIR of rape while a Preliminary Enquiry has also been registered. The FIRs related to gangrape and rape, the agency has also invoked sections of abduction.

CBI has written to Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and Google seeking their help in nailing the culprits who uploaded them on YouTube and WhatsApp.

The sources said the agency took the decision while probing nine videos depicting sexual violence which have been handed over by the Supreme Court for probe.

They said the picture quality of some of the videos, which appear to be three to five years old, is too poor to identify the alleged offenders.

They further said the agency has referred the videos to CFSL to extract all the available clues from them which could help in deciphering the cases.

Besides CERT-In, Google is tracking the origin of these videos, and the agency has also asked the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to appoint a nodal officer to help it.

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