New Delhi: It’s an incredibly shameful that the horrendous incidents of rapes are being flimed and the videos are sold out in UP in hundreds or thousands, every day. The price of the videos varies depending on the “exclusivity” and time limit of the clips, which are 30 seconds to even 5 minutes long, they are priced from Rs 50 to 150.
According to a Times of India report, the videos are easily available in the markets at Belanganj, Balkeshwar, Kamla Nagar and a few other areas.
The dealers will talk to those customers who approach them with trusted reference. A shopkeeper at Agra’s Kasganj market said. “Dealers will download videos directly into your smart phone or put them in your pen drive.” Sometimes individuals or organised gangs download such stuff from Twitter, Tumbler or Facebook accounts and sell them. Sometimes, however, culprits involved in rapes or assaults take videos of the crime and post them online.
It is a matter of time before they go viral.”
Another shopkeeper said “teenagers that they might even know the girl in the “latest, hottest” video. In the horrifying clip, two men have pinned down a girl, who looks like she is in her early 20s. Her boyfriend is being beaten up. “Maaf karo, maaf karo (Spare me),” he is crying. The girl pleads, “Kam se kam, video toh mat utaaro (At least don’t shoot a video).”
A senior cop told TOI that rapists invariably also record the crime on their phones. It is then used as a blackmailing tool to either bully the victims -stopping them from going to the cops -or to pressure them into further sexual submission. “A threat to post the rape online is very potent,” he said.
Agra city SP Ghule Sushil Chandrabhan said. “In the past we have conducted raids at Tajganj and Sadar areas and arrested one for selling explicit videos and pirated films. We will continue to raid such places.”
Sources in the police said it would be close to impossible to put an end to the trend.
Last week a 21 year-old women committed suicide when she found that her videos is posted online, and her nude pictures were to local residents at Rs 3 per print.