Tinder fiasco: Woman stages dharna over son’s arrest, bail to girl

Bhubaneswar: A day after DGM of a private bank, accused of raping a girl after befriending her on dating application Tinder, was forwarded to court, his mother today staged a dharna in front of the Chandrasekharpur police station in Odisha capital opposing his son’s arrest and granting of bail to the girl.

The woman also threatened of committing suicide before the police station if the girl wasn’t arrested. “If both are accused in the incident, why the girl was released while my son was arrested? Whatever happened between the two, it took place with mutual consent. If she was raped, why didn’t she move the police station the next day,” the woman asked, adding that her son was kidnapped and thrashed.

Notably, the girl, a college teacher, was yesterday granted bail while the banker and her three associates were forwarded to court. Chandrasekharpur Police have registered case against the bank official under Sections 328 and 376 of IPC while the trio has been booked under Sections 365, 420, 120 (b), 379 and 34 of IPC.

The banker and the teacher came to know each other on the dating platform on January 2 and exchanged mobile phone numbers on the very day. However, both ended up filing complaint against each other at the Chandrasekharpur police station on January 10.

“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,” the bank official 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 him 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 him.

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