Add blackmail to the list of reasons to file, or threaten to file, a false rape claim.
South Delhi police have arrested six persons, including a lawyer and two women, for allegedly extorting money from a family by threatening to file rape charges. The fake charges were levelled by the family’s domestic help.
Police officers said investigations began after a bank manager complained that a placement agency for domestic helps was trying to extort money from him.
The police said the owner of Royal Placement Agency in Kotla Mubarakpur, Monirujjaman Molla (31), its manager, Akash Mufazel Haq (28), lawyer Hemant Kumar Dabral (39), accountant Hari Kishan (22) and two women were arrested on December 16.
Police officers said the bank manager, Manoj Sood, a resident of Malviya Nagar, had on November 15, employed a maid through the agency. He allegedly caught her stealing a gold set and Rs 2,000 in cash. “She owned up and assured the family that she would not repeat it. But she started behaving rudely and the agency owner took her back following Sood’s complaint,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), H G S Dhaliwal said.
Within hours of her return, however, Moni called up the family and said the domestic help had alleged Sood had raped her. He demanded Rs 5 lakh to settle the matter.
Sood reported the matter to the police, said Dhaliwal. After the family reportedly refused to pay, the group complained to Malviya Nagar police that the help was raped. Police asked Sood to negotiate with the ‘gang’. He agreed to pay Rs 3.7 lakh. As the money changed hands, police arrested the accused.