Bhubaneswar: A priest from Jharpara area is accused of blackmailing a woman on the basis of an ‘obscene video’ he recorded allegedly after drugging her.
The matter came to light after the victim lodged a complaint at Mahila police station against the priest on Tuesday.
As per the complainant, the priest used to visit her house to perform puja at frequent intervals. As the woman needed some money, she had mortgaged gold ornaments with the priest.
It is suspected that the priest recorded some objectionable pictures and video of the woman while she had gone to collect money from his residence.
“I do not how and what had exactly happened as I lost my senses after drinking a glass of water offered by the priest,” said the complainant.
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The complainant further alleged that the priest then started forcing her to keep physical relationship with him and when she refused, he uploaded the video on social media.
It is worth mentioning that of late, there has been a spurt in the incidents of viral videos in Odisha.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently had told the Assembly that at least 31 ‘objectionable videos’ from Odisha were made viral on social media in the past three months.
While replying to a question by Congress MLA Bhujabal Majhi, Patnaik had said 124 cyber crime cases were registered in different police stations of the State during this period and 19 people were arrested in this connection.