Thiruvananthapuram, Nov. 14: A Dubai-based radio jockey has been arrested for leaking private photographs of a colleague who replaced her on a prime time show.
Both women are from Kerala and worked for the same radio station here before moving to Dubai.
Gayathri, in her mid-twenties, and Aswin, a former boyfriend of the victim who allegedly provided the photos that Gayathri is accused of leaking, were arrested on November 12 by North Town police in Ernakulam district. They were produced before a magistrate who gave them bail.
Aswin, a Third Officer with a UK-based shipping company, also worked part-time at the same radio station in Kerala. The victim and Aswin worked in the Thrissur office, where everyone knew they were having an affair, police said. Gayathri was based in Thiruvananthapuram but knew the couple.
The victim hails from Ernakulam district and her mother had lodged a complaint with the inspector-general of police, Kochi range, K. Padmakumar, on November 7.
The cyber cell division of the state police cracked a fake email address used to put out the photographs and zeroed in on the suspects.
North Town sub-inspector S. Vijayasankar said the accused “admitted” to the crime after they were confronted with evidence. “We had all the electronic evidence with us. Besides, their statements had enough hints to lead us along the right track,” he said.
The two have been charged under Sections 66A and 67 of the Information Technology Act, which cover offensive messages through a communication service, and publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form, respectively.
Conviction under Section 66 A could lead to imprisonment for up to three years and fine while that under Section 67 could lead to a jail term of up to five years and fine, which may extend to Rs 10 lakh.
Gayathri had been the first to quit her job here and leave for Dubai. The victim followed four months ago, after she and Aswin broke up, and happened to join the same radio station where she replaced Gayathri on a show.
Feeling threatened, Gayathri got in touch with Aswin over Facebook and he passed on photos of their private moments, the police said. Gayathri forwarded these to common friends and the victim herself, they added.
“She told us that she forwarded it to a friend who in turn passed it on to others. We are investigating this also,” Vijayasankar said.
The accused, who initially denied involvement and fled Dubai, was tracked down to Delhi and summoned to Kochi.