Man shoots sex video after drugging woman; tattoo on thumb nails accused

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A special court in Mumbai has convicted and sentenced a 31-year-old man to 15 years in prison for allegedly drugging and raping a woman. The accused had allegedly shot a video of the act and demanded money from the woman, threatening to send the video to her family if she did not pay up. The woman recognised the perpetrator through a tattoo on his thumb.

The accused had tattoos at the base of both his thumbs and during the trial he had tried to hide the tattoo marks by scribbling and embossing the tattoo mark of a crown in place of an earlier tattoo mark.

The accused was convicted under Sections 372 (rape), 377 (Unnatural offences), 382 (administering poison), 385 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code and section 67 (transmitting obscene material that is lascivious in nature) of the Information Technology Act.

WHAT IS THE CASE?

According to the prosecution, the victim had started working at a hospital in Mumbai in 2014. The accused, identified as Sandesh Sadanand Chikhale, was already working there for the past couple of years. During a conversation between the two on July 29, 2015, Chikhale told the woman that there was work available at another hospital with better pay and offered to take her there. The woman reportedly agreed.

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On August 5, 2015, the accused asked the woman to come with him to Thane. The two met outside a railway station in Mumbai, where the accused picked her up on his bike and went to a hotel in Thane.

Chikhale asked her to show her ID Card. He also pointed out his ID card and then took her to a room in the hotel. He made her wait there and returned after some time with cold drink for the woman. Just after a few sips, the woman started to feel drowsy. The last thing she remembered before she lost consciousness was the accused closing the door. When she regained her consciousness, she found Chikhale taking her slowly out of the room and instructing her to walk slowly. Thereafter, he allegedly took her to Thane Railway Station and made her sit on the train proceeding to Vikhroli.

Later, on August 21, when she was on night duty at the hospital, Chikhale asked her for her mobile under the pretext that he had to call somebody. The woman handed over her phone and got busy with her work. Sometime later, Chikhale returned her mobile. It is alleged that on August 23, when the woman was scrolling through her phone, she was shocked to find a video showing her nude self with a man doing horrible things to her.

The woman identified the male in the video as Chikhale based on tattoo Mark on his thumb. She immediately called Chikhale and confronted him over the video. He informed her that she had to give Rs. 10,000 for deleting the video. When she expressed her inability to pay the amount, Chikhale asked her to pay the amount by September 1, otherwise, he would forward the video to her husband and relatives. Chikhale allegedly started calling the woman repeatedly and threatened her with the video.

After this, the woman finally went to the police and reported the harassment.

A Mumbai court convicted the accused to 15-year jail term.

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