From Mumbai Mirror (it doesnt let you link into its archives)
A software engineer was arrested by the Saki Naka police on Tuesday for threatening to use the â€œlatest technologyâ€ to put up nude pictures of his neighbours on the Internet.
Raju Srivastav (39), who worked in a private firm in Bangalore until recently and lives in Andheri, was charged with sexual assault by Manjeet Singh and other neighbours on July 31.
The women say that Srivastav would pick fights with them when they passed each other in the building, and then threaten to morph their faces unto nude bodies and make objectionable films with them.
Srivastav was produced in court on August 2, and has been remanded to judicial custody till August 17.
â€œThe neighbours say that he threatened to picture them nude and distribute the CDs for free, but no pornographic material has been found in his home,â€ said senior police officer J Khandagale of Saki Naka police station.
Srivastavâ€™s lawyer claims that his client has been framed. â€œMy client is a software engineer and wouldnâ€™t stoop to such low levels. The neighbours have been provoked by his ex-wife,â€ he said.
It is reportedly that his wife divorced him because she couldnâ€™t handle his harassment. However, Srivastav says she was having an affair with their driver, and floated the harassment rumour to get rid of him.
Srivastav had reportedly got the driver to confess to the affair, which he later showed his then wife.
What pleased me no end was the statement by the lawyer :
“My client is a software engineer and wouldn’t stoop to such low levels”.
That is if the guy was a chemical engineer or perhaps a lawyer, then surely he could do something this retrograde.
But a software engineer: oh no no—-as we all know, they are paragons of virtue and moral rectitude. Plus they would be the last persons on earth who would know anything about image morphing.
And another thing. What kind of a software engineer is this guy by the way? The cops drop in, uninvited to his house, seize his machine and find no porn on it !
Is there any self-respecting software engineer (guy) out there whose home machine (as opposed to the office machine) would throw up no porn when subject to a surprise search ?
I think not.
I remember the time when as a PhD student, a newly arrived Desi (who had yet to tour the computer science department from where he was to get his Masters) asked me whether the computer labs are open through the night. On being told they were, he asked me whether there are a lot of people around at that time and followed it up with whether the machines were all “open” or in private cubicles.
Needless to say, I understood the question he actually wanted to ask.
But that was natural. This total absence of porn is not.
Based on the blandness of his hard drive, I would think that the prosecution has ample opportunity to cast doubt on whether this guy is a software engineer at all.
And once it is proved that he is not a software engineer and hence a man capable of such a dastardly act, his case totally collapses.
Damn I should have been a prosecutor.