Trichy: Three teenagers were arrested on Monday night for indulging in voyeurism by capturing a woman school teacher bathing on video and also for threatening her with dire consequences in a village near Vaiyampatti on the outskirts of Trichy.
The boys — one aged 16 and two 17-year-olds— were arrested based on the complaint from the teacher in Aavarampatti village. Two of them are studying in Class X and Class XII respectively in a government school in Manapparai while the other has completed his plus two.
According to her complaint, the three boys who resided in the same village recorded the scene of her taking bath in the bathroom of her house through a mobile phone camera on Monday morning.
Sensing the clandestine activity of the boys, she raised an alarm, but the boys made off leaving behind a piece of paper. The woman submitted the paper to the police through her husband.
The paper had obscene words about her and also carried a threat that they would release the video through social media if she revealed their activity to anyone.
Acting on her complaint, the Vaiyampatti police investigated the matter and detained the students for interrogation. It was found that one of the students had written the letter. The police said that the video captured by the students was already deleted from their mobile phone.
A case was registered against them under section 354 (c) (any man watches or captures a private act of a woman), 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) and 509 (word or gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC.
They were arrested and kept in a government observation home on EB road in Trichy.
Since they were juveniles in conflict with law, the juvenile justice board (JJB) will further inquire with them to find out as to what prompted them to target the woman and even threaten her.