Friendship on ‘Tinder’ turns nightmare for Odisha youth, girl

Bhubaneswar: A youth and a girl, who befriended each other on a mobile phone dating application a week ago, ended up filing police complaint against each other in Odisha capital, today.

It all began with a ‘match’ on dating app Tinder as the youth, a bank employee, and the girl, a college teacher, came to know each other on the platform on January 2 and exchanged mobile phone numbers on the very day.

The incident has now taken an ugly turn as the youth alleged that her associates kidnapped and harassed him. “After exchanging contact numbers on Tinder on January 2, we decided to meet next day. She came to my room… we consumed liquor and had sexual intercourse. We clicked photos and made videos of our intimate moments on my mobile phone with mutual consent. Later on January 8, she telephoned me and requested me to take her to a hospital saying that she was undergoing severe headache,” he said.

“While I was taking her to the hospital on my motorcycle, her two associates intercepted the vehicle, thrashed me and forcibly took me to a house, where I was held captive for a day. They took away money and debit/credit cards from my possession, and also demanded Rs 5 lakh,” he added.

On the other hand, the girl accused the youth of ‘harassing’ her besides taking her photos and recording her videos without her ‘consent’ while she was ‘unconscious’. “I had sought help of a person for deleting the photos and videos from his mobile phone,” she said and refuted the abduction allegation levelled against her by the youth.

Chandrasekharpur police detained the two for questioning in this connection and started investigation into the incident.

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