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    The victim learned that her live-in girlfriend was passing off the victim’s pictures as her own on social media for the last two years. As the case involves two women in a same-sex relationship, it is bound to open a Pandora’s Box since Indian laws do not explicitly deal with such a situation.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — A 45-year-old woman from Mumbai has filed a case against her former girlfriend for uploading her nude pictures on social media. The two women were live-in partners and had lived in an apartment together.

    On Monday, a local court rejected the anticipatory bail plea by the accused woman. The couple, who were living together for more than a decade, worked in the pathology department of a reputed private hospital in the city.

    The Mumbai Police admitted that this was the first time such case was registered with the force. A senior police officer said, "Six months ago they started having trouble in their relationship."

    The complainant, while living together, learned that the girlfriend was passing off her pictures as the accused's on social media over the last two years.

    The victim first found this last November, after the accused put a nude WhatsApp display picture. When confronted, she threatened to tarnish the victim and left the house. The victim over time pleaded with the accused, who refused to give in, leading to the case. The court rejected the accused's bail on the grounds that the mobile phone, which is substantial evidence in a case of this nature, had not been recovered yet.

    The case, registered on February 4, was under provisions of the Indian Penal Code sections 354 (outraging a woman's modesty), 356 (criminal intimidation), 506 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and the Information Technology Act.

    As the case involves two women in a same-sex relationship, it is bound to open a Pandora's Box since Indian laws do not explicitly deal with such a situation.

    India's Supreme Court reinstated a ban on gay sex in 2013. Those convicted can now be jailed for up to 10 years, after the court undid a lower court ruling in 2009, which effectively decriminalized gay sex.


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