Karachi religious teacher arrested for blackmailing minor student

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Authorities arrested on Friday a religious teacher, suspected of blackmailing his minor student and her family with her personal pictures, in the port city of Karachi.

The Cyber Crime Circle of the Federal Investigation Agency conducted a raid in Gulshan-i-Iqbal and arrested the suspect, an officer of the agency told Dawn.com.

Faizullah Korejo, the additional director at FIA’s Cybercrime Reporting Centre in Karachi, said the crime was reported by a “brave mother”.

The woman had appointed a Qari (religious teacher) for home tuition to teach the Holy Quran to her children. Later, her 13-year-old daughter complained that she had been “physically abused” by the teacher while studying at home.

The girl also complained to her mother that the suspect was in possession of “obscene” pictures of her, on the basis of which he was trying to harass and blackmail her.

The suspect allegedly later sent the said pictures to the girl’s mother via Whatsapp.

“The accused was threatening the family that if his unethical demands were not met, he would make the pictures viral on social media,” said the FIA officer.

An FIA team conducted a raid in Gulshan-i-Iqbal to apprehend the suspect and confiscated the mobile phone, said Korejo.

He said the mobile phone was technically analyzed and the obscene image(s) of the victim was found in it.

The was also given professional counselling by the FIA through a stress counsellor.

The suspect has been booked under Sections 22 and 24 of the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act, 2016, and Section 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

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