What to do if my girlfriend is blackmailing me?
Blackmailing is punishable by law in India, so there is no need to panic if you receive threats in the form of a blackmail from anyone. The first and foremost recourse that anyone should adopt in such situations is to not to give in to the threats and put up a brave and solid front.
Next, it would be extremely helpful if any evidence could be collected which falsifies the claims of the blackmailer, such an audio recording of the blackmailer herself admitting that her claims are false or so would be great as it would establish that she had been threatening only for the purpose of blackmailing and that there is no truth in her arguments. And a sound recording qualifies as an electronic record and are admissible in Indian Courts if it qualify Section 65B that states inter alia that the electronic device must be regularly employed for use and must be operating properly during recording. The qualifications are meant to ensure that the evidence adduced is genuine and free from any tampering. Additionally, in Ram Singh v. Col. Ram Singh, 1986, the Supreme Court laid down further qualifications to ensure authenticity of an audio recording. Moreover, if the threats are received via text, email, social media or voice messages, save them. Take screenshots and keep them in a safe place, like a password protected file or account, as they will be very helpful in the court of law.
After having collected the requisite evidence, approach the nearest police station and file the First Information Report (FIR) if the threats grow more violent or doesn’t stop and send her a legal notice with the help of a lawyer. She will be charged under section 503 of the IPC which states that “Whoever threatens another with any injury to his person, reputation or property, or to the person or reputation of any one in whom that person is interested, with intent to cause alarm to that person, or to cause that person to do any act which he is not legally bound to do, or to omit to do any act which that person is legally entitled to do, as the means of avoiding the execution of such threat, commits criminal intimidation”. Hence, her act will be seen as criminal intimidation in the eyes of law and she will be punished accordingly. She won’t have any grounds to file a suit against you if you are innocent in the case and that whatever relationship you had with her was mutually consented between the two adults and never forced upon.
Thus, to conclude, putting up a brave front and calmly handling the situation in case of blackmail is the key because if the claims of the opponent are hollow, the law is on your side.
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