London: Stalking, a common crime, goes either unreported or unnoticed. But this case is an example for anyone to never take such attempts casually or for fun. This case is about an Indian man, Rohit Sharma, who didn’t know that his desperation would land him in jail. He stalked a girl for over 18 months who had attended him in a shop in London, just once.
Rohit has been jailed for 29 months for stalking, harassment and failing to appear in court an will be deported back to India at the end of his sentence.
“Stalking and harassment have a devastating impact on the lives of those targeted. There is an intrusion into the victim’s life, and they are left to feel vulnerable, distressed and threatened,” said Detective Constable Nicola Kerry from the Metropolitan Police West Area Command Unit, who led the investigation.
She also said, “Sharma was incessant in his pursuit of his victim. He would phone her up to 40 times a day and use around 15 different numbers to contact her, making it near impossible to block his calls, and would also get friends and relatives to contact her on his behalf.”
It all started in a shop in Wembley, north-west London, where the gal, who is in her 20s attended Rohit as any other customer in the shop and that was just once in November 2017. Just after one interaction, the guy crossed all the limits and went back to the shop the same evening with his parents to propose the gal for marriage.
Annoyed with his behaviour, the victim changed her job but the insane guy found out her new location and also got her contact number. The Met Police said, His behaviour escalated and he bombarded the victim with multiple messages via phone, text and social media.
Finally, the victim reported to police in February 2018 and Rohit was issued with a harassment warning. But such warning was not enough for him, as he continued in his desperation of stalking and harassment. He started calling her on phone and that went up to 40 calls a day, He also started staring her at her workplace.
In July 2018, Rohit Sharma had been charged with harassment but after getting bail, he continued with his old ways. A circular of ‘wanted’ by police was issued after Rohit failed to attend a court hearing.
“Sharma’s stalking continued persistently to such a point that the victim quit her job and moved away from the area in an attempt to get away from him. However, this only seemed to fuel his campaign and he systematically began contacting people who knew the victim, trying to find out where she had gone,” the Met Police said.
Rohit Sharma was arrested in April 2019. In a statement, the unnamed victim said: “This whole experience has completely shattered my nerves, I have gone from being a confident young woman to constantly feeling scared and on edge. I have no desire to socialise or meet new people, which has really taken its toll and ruined the university experience I had always envisioned.” She also said, “I cannot understand why this male became so obsessed with me. It is so unfair and completely undeserved. I just want him to realise what he has done and to know that he cannot do this to me or anyone else. I now want to move on knowing that he is locked away and cannot harm or hurt anyone else like he has done to me.”
The detective, in this case, constable Kerry said, “The victim has been left devastated by Sharma’s actions and I can only hope that his imprisonment offers some form of respite for her. She has shown immense bravery in reporting him to police and supporting this court case.”
Rohit has been sentenced to 22-months imprisonment for stalking, six months for harassment and one month for ignoring the court hearing.