What to do if someone is blackmailing you with video? Blackmailing with video is one of the most common offences in India which has grown with the advancement of technology and digitalization. Generally, imagery is used for blackmailing individuals. Imagery can be categorized into static and motion. The video calling applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, etc. have contributed significantly to the cybercrimes. These video calling features have put a high risk on the user of being videotaped.
An app that records WhatsApp audio and video chats as well as phone screen captures is also included with random software updates for the phone. Every piece of content in a user’s phone gallery is accessible to such an app. A prevalent and primary cause of individuals falling prey to video blackmail is a deficiency of knowledge regarding phone applications, technology, and legal issues. This blog will discuss what to do if you become the target of blackmail.
What is the punishment for taking video without permission?
The punishment for this offence is provided under Section 354 (C) of the Indian Penal Code. Any person who is found guilty under Section 354 (C) shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than 1 year and may be extended to 3 years and shall also be liable for a fine.
How to deal if someone blackmails you with a video or what to do if someone is blackmailing you with video?
*Do not comply with requests- Don’t be scared and take matters into your own hands. Avoid complying with the demands and requests made by the blackmailer to threaten you. Doing so will land you in trouble and the blackmailer will carry out his motive.
*Inform Police- Extortion and blackmailing are interlinked crimes. If the blackmailer threatens you to make a morphed video or any sensitive personal video public, then inform the police in the first instance. You can also report if the blackmailer blackmails you on the Consult Advocate/Lawyer- It is often tough to share such an issue of blackmailing with any other individual unless you trust them. This is where you can seek help from legal professionals such as a lawyer, who will not only aid in safeguarding your privacy but also navigate you through the process of getting justice. Lead India offers a wide range of accomplished cybercrime lawyers in India to advise and guide you in the process of filing a complaint.
*Report cybercrime anonymously- Being a victim of cybercrime and blackmailing you can anonymously report the offence at www.cybercrime.gov.in.
*Report at cyber cells- You can approach cyber cell to file a complaint of cybercrime in any city as cybercrimes don’t have any jurisdiction
*If you are a woman facing such issues and not able to seek help from any other source, you can write a complaint of being blackmailed to the National Commission for Women.