Police have booked a man in Kanpur for allegedly raping a 21-year-old fashion designer after cheating her with a fake identity on social media. The accused had allegedly lured the victim into a relationship by faking his identity on Facebook, police said.
The accused named Mohammad Arif, a native of Lalganj, Rae Bareli, had got in touch with the woman, a fashion designer, a few months ago through Facebook and had promised to arrange a job for her, police said.
In the complaint lodged at the Nawabganj police station, the fashion designer alleged that Arif had befriended her by posing as Rajveer Kesariya on Facebook. He lured her into a relationship under the pretext of marriage and forced her to get sexually involved with him. When the woman became pregnant, Arif snapped his ties with her.
On knowing the real identity of Arif, the woman confronted him in January this year. He threatened her of dire consequences.
“We have booked the man under sections 376 and 506 of IPC and relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the SC/ST Act,” SP (West) Anil Kumar said and added, investigations are continuing in this regard and raids are underway to arrest the accused.
Police said that they did not invoke the anti-conversion law of Uttar Pradesh in this case as the victim and accused knew each other and the victim did not allege there was an attempt to conversion.
The victim wrote in her complaint that she had met with Arif on Facebook. He had posed as Rajveer back then, claiming to be domiciled in Lucknow. He had allegedly said that he was a management student of an institute situated in Mumbai.
Over the passage of time, reads the police complaint, their friendship developed and Arif aka Rajveer started visiting the 21-year-old in real life. The victim said that he had promised to help her get a job. The accused began to sexually exploit her subsequently, assuring her that he would eventually marry her.
The woman alleged that Arif stopped talking to her when she told him that she was pregnant with his child in January. The victim somehow traced his family members and approached them. The family then came to know that he was Mohammad Arif and that he had been concealing his identity all this while. The woman finally confronted him, only to be threatened with dire consequences.