Friday, October 20, 2017

Gym trainer held for raping and blackmailing woman


PUNE: The Yerawada police arrested a gymnasium trainer after a 34-year-old woman lodged a complaint of sexual harassment and blackmailing against him.

As per the complainant, gymnasium trainer Sarvar Shaikh (33) exploited her sexually over the last four years. He also threatened to upload objectionable pictures of the woman on social media if she did not continue the physical relationship with him.

The woman and her husband, residents of Nashik, had shifted to Pune for employment in 2013 with their two children. While the woman picked up a job as a make-up artist, her husband started working in an IT firm. The woman later joined a gymnasium and hired training services of Shaikh. "The woman and the suspect became good friends over a period of time. Taking advantage of this friendship, the suspect forced her to have physical relationship with him," police said.

"On one such occasion, Shaikh mixed some sedatives in the woman's food and shot her nude photographs. When the woman decided to discontinue the relationship, he told her that he would upload her pictures on social media if she did not continue the relationship with him," police said.

In 2014, the couple to Bengaluru. However, the suspect continued calling her up on her cellphone and also sent the woman's pictures to her sister via Whatsapp. "Fed up with his regular harassment, the woman lodged the complaint against him," police said.

Inspector (crime) Ashok Kadam of the Yerawada police on Wednesday said, "We have arrested the suspect under section 376 (2) (punishment for rape) among other charges of the IPC and Information Technology Act. We have also recovered the cellphone of the suspect."

Shaikh will stay in police custody remand till October 20.


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