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Cyber crime wing initiates case against morphed photos

Kolkata: In a bizarre incident, pictures of faces of a number of teenage girls have been superimposed with pornographic images and videos at Jagacha in Howrah. The cyber crime wing of Howrah City Police has initiated a case on the basis of a complaint lodged by four of the victims at Jagacha police station.
During the course of investigation the police learnt that nearly 20 girls who are students of Class IX to 2nd year in college has bore the brunt of the cyber fraud that according to sleuths is an attempt to malign their image in public. Such superimposed images have gone viral in the internet and the victims have been flooded with messages that have been a reason of discomfort for them.
It is learnt that the faces of the girls that have been superimposed has been taken from their pictures uploaded in Facebook and WhatsApp.
Such pictures have been making rounds in the internet for the last few days and many of the affected who are not regular internet users learnt about this from their friends.
The age group of the victim girls are around 16-22, as informed by the sleuths.
"Our social life has come to a standstill. We are unable to venture out of our residences. We are not able to go to school or college or tuition classes," one of the victims alleged.
Such superimposed images are a common form of cyber crime and is often used by a spurned lover to malign the public image of his former girlfriend after such relationship is broken. "However, such mass superimposition of teenaged girls has hardly happened in our jurisdiction Howrah," a senior official of cyber crime wing of Howrah City Police said. The superimposed stuff have been linked to Google images. "We have already contacted concerned officers in Google and we are hopeful that the cyber criminals will be nabbed soon," Howrah City Police Commissioner D.P. Singh said.
Some of the victims alleged that the police had not attached much importance to their compliant. However as the crime spread fast they took note. "We demand immediate arrest of the culprit as our wards are in a state of shock following the incident," father of a victim girl who had lodged a complaint said.
The police with the help of Google in the evening ensured deletion of the superimposed images. In November last year, police had arrested a youth from the city on the charges of posting objectionable photographs of a girl in social networking site.
Police said that the accused Krishna Shankar, a resident of Entally area was trying to blackmail the victim for quite sometimes after he came in contact with the victim in the social networking site. The accused a college student allegedly manipulated the photographs on Photoshop and uploaded it on the social networking site. Police came to know in the investigation that the accused used to chat with the victim girl, a resident of Tiljala area.
The victim, however, claimed before the police that her Facebook account was hacked by the accused and she had no connection with the accused on Facebook.
She had also told the police that the accused changed the password of her Facebook account after hacking it.
As a result of this incident girl did not have an access to her account. She then opened another Facebook account and started interacting with her friends through the new account.
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