A fast track court in southern India convicted on Thursday an orthopedic surgeon to a life term for posting obscene videos of his women patients on the Internet.
Dr. L Prakash stood convicted of manipulating his patients in various ways, forcing them to commit sex acts on camera and posting the pictures and videos on the Internet..
The case had rocked the state of Tamil Nadu a few years ago and Prakash's was the first high profile cyber crime case in the country.
The 50-year-old doctor landed in the police net in December 2001 when a young man who had acted in one of his porn films lodged a complaint with the police.
Apparently the doctor had promised the young man that the movie would be circulated only in select circles abroad and had the shock of his life when he saw himself in a porn video posted on the web.
Subsequent police investigations opened up a Pandora's box. Prakash and his younger brother, settled in the US, had piled up close to one lakh shots and video footages, some real and many morphed. They reportedly minted huge money in the porn business, it was stated.
Ms.Radha, the judge, observed that considering the gravity of the offences committed by the doctor, maximum punishment under the Immoral Trafficking Act (life imprisonment) was in order and no leniency should be shown to him.
The other three accused -- Saravanan, Vijayan and Asir -- were awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment each apart of a fine of Rs 2,500 per head.
They were also found guilty under Section 67 of Information Technology Act.
However, Dr Prakash was acquitted of charges of rape and attempt to murder.