Kozhikode police are investigating the alleged morphing of women's photographs for pornographic purposes by a studio employee in Vadakara, after several women started coming forward with complaints.
A Bibeesh who works in 'Sadayam Shoot and Edit' near the new bus stand in Vadakara, has been accused of using pictures of women clicked at weddings and morphing them for circulation online, according to a Deccan Chronicle report.
The accused was booked on March 23 after a complaint by a woman against him. In the complaint, she had stated that the accused used pictures of her taken from wedding albums and circulated them on social media.
The complainant also said that she came to know about the incident after her relatives informed her about the pictures on social media, according to a Times of India report.
Police have booked the accused under section 66 D (Punishment for cheating by impersonation by using computer resource) and 67 (Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act, according to the report.
Following this, more women who suspect that their photographs have been misused have started coming forward with complaints.
Women's cell circle inspector Bhanumathi is currently investigating the case.
Police have seized the hard disk where the accused had stored all the pictures.
According to sources, close to 40,000 pictures of women shot during various weddings and other functions were stored in the hard disk, the Deccan Chronicle report stated.
"We have received complaints from two women and have learnt that more women are cheated by the person," a police official told ToI.
Police said they will inspect the pictures in the hard disk and find out if the accused has hidden more pictures elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the owner of the studio and the accused photographer are both absconding.