A 41-year-old man has filed a case against his Tinder ‘date’ and her accomplices after they allegedly extorted cash and jewellery worth Rs 9 lakh from him. The victim claims they assaulted him and threatened to file a rape case if he did not pay up.
Police in Shanti Nagar, in Thane’s Bhiwandi area, have registered an FIR and are investigating the case.
According to the FIR, the complainant is a resident of Ghatkopar. On October 29 he met a 40-year-old woman on the popular dating app and exchanged phone numbers.
They kept chatting for four days on phone and on November 2, the complainant asked her if they could meet. The woman then invited him home the same day, between 1 pm and 4 pm, when, according to her, her children would be attending tuition.
Once he reached her flat, the two became intimate. But soon there was a knock on the door, and four people – two men and two women – barged in and started abusing and assaulting him.
According to the complainant, one of the women told him: “You entered the flat when she [the ‘date’] was alone and are harassing her. We will file a case against you, not only for raping this woman but also for attempting to rape me.”
The victim said he told them that he had done nothing wrong and tried to leave the flat. The two men then snatched his mobile phone and wallet and forced him to reveal his bank card details. They transferred money from his account to various other accounts. When there was no money left, they forced him to go out and buy gold jewellery using his credit card. In total, the man lost around Rs 9 lakh, according to the FIR.
The complainant further alleged that he was forced to ‘confess’ on camera that he had borrowed money from his assailants and was now returning that money. Later they also recorded a video of him making apologies and deleted all conversations between him and the woman.
The victim said the accused also threatened him with dire consequences if he approached the police. They then took him outside and told him to take an auto home.
Upon returning to Ghatkopar, the complainant narrated the incident to three of his friends, who encouraged him to approach the police.
“Based on the complaint lodged by the man, we have registered an FIR under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code for extortion, criminal conspiracy and confinement and are in the process of tracing the accused persons,” an official said.
“There are several rackets that trap people on such dating sites and then extort money from them. We have already got some leads,” said the official, refusing to divulge further details.