A day after news reports that a 20-year-old woman was abducted and a 'semi-nude' video was sent to her parents, the Hyderabad police said that the woman staged the entire incident.
The woman was traced to a dargah in Nampally on Tuesday.
The woman's mother had approached the Chandrayangutta Police on Monday, and said that her daughter had been kidnapped by her friend. Following this a case was registered under Section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Following this, two teams were formed and the police constantly tracked her mobile phone, which initially showed that she was on the move.
Some media reports even claimed that the woman, in the video, said that she was pregnant and her accused her boyfriend of kidnapping her and forcing her to abort the foetus.
The police even detained a friend of the woman, and questioned him.
"The woman shot a video of her kidnapping on her mobile mobile and sent it to her mother. She told her five unknown persons had kidnapped her and tied her mouth and hands," Deputy Commissioner of Police South Zone V Satyanarayana said in a release.
“When we questioned her, she revealed that she was in love with one person, but her mother was trying to get her married to another. She had staged the drama to pressure her mother and get married to her lover,” police added.
This is not the first such incident from the two Telugu states.
In July last year, two days after a kidnapping case of 20-year-old G Manikanta was reported in Visakhapatnam, the police said that the youth staged his own abduction for ransom money.
The ‘kidnapper’ also made the family listen to Manikanta’s voice, before telling them that they had got a contract for Rs 10 lakh to kill Manikanta, but would let him go if they were paid Rs 15 lakh.
The police later exposed the truth behind the entire incident.