Ramesh Naik was awarded death penalty by a district and sessions judge in Dakshina Kannada on December 3, 2013.An HC division bench of Justices Ravi Malimath and John Michael Cunha noted there was remorse on the part of Naik. Additional state public prosecutor Vijay Kumar Majage appealed to HC to uphold the sentence as Naik had not shown any guilt and on the contrary , had murdered his two minor children the very next day in a pre-planned act.
Naik didn’t want his sisterin-law to marry his colleague, but his mother-in-law told him not to interfere in the matter.Enraged, Naik killed both of them and dumped their bodies in a sump on June 15, 2010.
The next day, he took out his kids on the pretext of showing them around Mangaluru but took them to Panaje near Puttur where he pushed them in a tank. He even pestered his wife to commit suicide but was arrested from a lodge.
IIT-Kanpur suspended 22 students late on Thursday night following complaints of ragging and sexual harassment of undergraduate freshers on August 19 and 20.Some of the victims complained that they were forced to strip by their seniors, who remain suspended till the next meeting of the senate of the premier institute. The seniors have been asked to vacate their hostel rooms and are barred from entering the campus. They have been barred from entering the campus till the authorities call them to record their statements after the Dussehra holidays.
A member of the senate said, “A nine-member probe committee, comprising four faculty members and five students, had investigated the charges levelled by the freshers and found them to be true. Based on evidence, the panel had recommended that all the 22 accused be suspended from the institute. On Thursday , the senate decided to hear what the accused students before taking a call“.
Confirming the suspension, IIT-K’s deputy director Manindra Agarwal told TOI, “For the time being, the senior students have been suspended. We will conduct another investigation and they will get a chance to present their versions.“ The final decision would be taken after the probe committee submits its final report. The matter would again be taken up by the senate in its next meeting.“
Beware! ‘Sextortion’ rackets thriving big time on social media
Copyright Deccan Herald newspaper
The next time an attractive stranger entices you with an innocuous “hello, how are you” on Twitter or Facebook, step back and press that pause button. You could be the next victim of sextortion, a racket that preys on unsuspecting male social media users, who are hoodwinked to perform sexual acts before a webcam or mobile camera and later blackmailed for money.
The worldwide surge in sextortion cases has hit India too, but the cyber crime police are yet to get cracking. Reason: threatened with exposure of their explicit videos on YouTube and other platforms, the victims prefer shelling out huge extortion money in dollars rather than lodge complaints.
Here’s how this sinister scam unfolds: Posing as a female, the scammer gets into the victim’s social circle as a friend or a mutual follower. The scammer then invites the victim to a private chat, which quickly moves from casual to intimate.
Once the scammer gains the victim’s confidence, the latter is enticed into a video chat. To convince the victim that everything is happening in real time, a suitable, pre-recorded/stolen video footage of a female (matching the scammer’s profile picture) is played. The victim is then asked to play along.
This way, the victim is duped into stripping and acting inappropriately in a sexually explicit manner on webcam. Unknown to the victim, the scammer records the entire footage and plays it back to the victim. The victim is then blackmailed with the threat that the footage would be sent to his friends and family via social networking platforms unless the victim pays up.
Investigation so far indicates that these scams mostly originate from Morocco, Ivory Coast or the Philippines. The scamsters are often male, posing as female with footage of scantily-clad pretty chat partners sourced from the Internet. There are also softwares that enables a small degree of interaction so long as the other person only asks for simple tasks such as ‘wave to me,’ ‘touch your nose’ or ‘blow me a kiss.’
Sextortion victims, mostly male, rarely approach the cyber crime police to lodge complaints. Cyber law consultant, Na Vijayshankar said such cases are not being studied systematically by the department here. “A few individual cases were reported in Chennai and Hyderabad. If a few cases are consolidated, NGOs can take the lead to respond appropriately,” he said.
Anecdotal evidence has surfaced indicating marital problems sparked by such cases in Bengaluru. An IT executive’s accidental discovery of her husband sharing her pictures in a sexual chat with an online friend eventually led to the couple’s divorce