Whether a breakup is mutual or out of the blue, it can be the most torturous and unpleasant experience for both partners. While some breakups are harmless, others can open the gates of intense emotions (anger, denial, madness, etc.) that can force people to engage in unacceptable behaviors like blackmailing in order to seek revenge from their ex.
Blackmailing refers to as the criminal act of threatening to reveal a person’s personal information to the public that may be damaging, embarrassing, disgraceful or injurious to his/her reputation and social life. If your ex is threatening you, it is important to take serious steps and follow the routes mentioned below:
If you are in a difficult situation, your support system can help you stay calm and strong. Your support system could be your parents, friends or counsellor. You need to open up with them and share your problem freely.
“Save each and every minute detail”
Whether you’re receiving threats via texts, voicemails, email, or social media, save each and every minute detail. Download or take screenshots and keep them in a protected place. You can also send copies to your family members or friends. This helps in further documenting the threats and taking legal action.
If your ex is threatening to tell or show your obscene pictures to your parents, you can neutralize the threats by telling your parents honestly about everything. This is a good way to nullify the effects of the threat.
If you’re facing a threatening situation, go to the police station and report your problem at the earliest. The sections 66 E, 67, and 67A of the IT Act are for your protection in such cases. While the Section 66 E of the IT Act provides punishment for sending offensive messages through communication services (text, images, audio, and video), the Section 67 and 67 A provides punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene and sexually explicit material in electronic form. Treat police as your well-wishers and tell them everything without any hesitation.
It’s always better to be safe and protected in a relationship rather than waiting for things to get ugly. Here are a few points that can make your relationship a safer place:
Follow the above-mentioned safety measures while dealing with cases of blackmailing or harassment. Be brave and never let the ghost of your past blackmail your beautiful present.