Stalkers’ joy: Mobile numbers of women for sale in UP recharge shops; pictures that are obscene, calls follow

Cellular quantities of unsuspecting girls are being sold from recharge outlets across Uttar Pradesh for costs predicated on their looks and are being used by men to harass them over the phone, police say.

Cellular quantities of unsuspecting girls are being sold from recharge outlets across Uttar Pradesh for costs predicated on their looks and are being used by men to harass them over the phone, police say.

Out of the 6 lakh-odd complaints registered with the helpline 90% related to harassment of women on the telephone, in the past four years.

Many of the men – who seek to entice women with all the opening line ‘humain aapse dosti karna Hai’ that is favored or ‘I need to create friendship – get the numbers from outlets where girls head to recharge their mobile phones.

The numbers are saved by the unscrupulous rechargers and then pass them on to those ready to cover. The number of someone considered ‘beautiful’ can command up to Rs 500. The selling price for the number of an “normal-seeming girl” brings Rs 50.

Navneit Sekera, an inspector general of police who played a crucial role in establishing the helpline, says anonymity is essential to the most recent scourge plaguing thousands of women in the state. The “recharge Bhaiya’ often helps to purchase SIMs with fake IDs he keeps in stacks at his shop.

His favourite recharge factory outlet is the one run by a father-son couple. “ We go there when the dad is away,” he says. His buddies and he then use camaraderie to strike at. “Sometimes we send vulgar images over WhatsApp,” he declares.

It is easy to be all and a mobile recharge agent that it takes is filling a form up and depositing a security sum with the agency mediating between the individual and also the mobile service operator. Uttar Pradesh is teeming with them and not all are concerned in selling the numbers.

“But it happens. It's largely the brand new guys in the company who do it. They ” he includes, mainly sell or circulate the numbers among their friends.

The calls – always offensive and largely contemptuous – are more than the usual pain. Since her complaint, the guy has altered tact. “The same guy keeps phoning from new numbers through the night. Ulti-seedhi baatein karta hai,” she says, awful that her husband’s feeling may arouse.

Ironically, purchasing or selling girls’s numbers hasn't got anyone in jail up to now in UPWARD. The authorities, instead, go after those rechargers who enable the purchase of SIM cards under fake identity. “ we've reserved three guys that are recharge thus far for coping in false documents under Section 467,” he says.

Police officials say the jails will overflow if those trading in cellular telephone numbers need certainly to be reserved.

By giving them a grim warning, those manning the helpline typically allow the men away. Rajesh Pratap Yadav is one them who copes with around a 100 whines a day. “ I call the guys. There are all types of them: young, old, adolescents, rural, urban, working or unemployed.

But that’s little solace for the women at the receiving end. Criminal lawyers such as for instance Avninder Singh feel that more rigorous action is required. “It ’s a breach of trust. Her phone number has been shared by the woman with the recharge person on the premise of trust. He's also abetting phone stalking.”