Man Jailed over social media stalking and Harassment

‘I have no desire to socialize or meet new people, which has really taken its toll and ruined the university experience I had always envisioned’ says victim.

A man has been jailed for stalking a lady 18 months later after his proposal was rejected.

Rohit Sharma, 28, met the victim when she served him in a shop in North West London, in November 2017. Police officers said the pair had a “brief interaction”.

Sharma walked into the shop and so determined he walked out this time accompanied by his father and asked the woman, who is in her twenties, to marry him.

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The lady, who has not been publicly named, refused and walked away and quit her job four days later but Sharma did not quit the quest, as he easily traced her new workplace.

The 28-year-old also managed to obtain his victim’s phone number and bombarded her with multiple messages through phone, text and social media. He continually watched the woman’s place of work and called her up to 40 times a day.

He contacted the woman from around 15 different phone numbers, which police said made it “nearly impossible” for her to successfully cut off contact.

In February 2018 the victim reported her stalker to the police. Sharma was issued with a harassment warning, and later charged with harassment in July 2018 but managed to bail himself out and carried on his quest.

Eventually the lady quit her job and left the area in an attempt to escape. However, Sharma then began “systematically” contacting her friends and family members, in an attempt to discover her whereabouts, Scotland Yard said.

Police officers declared Sharma wanted after he failed to attend a court hearing on 5 November 2018 and he was arrested in April 2019 and he pleaded guilty to charges of stalking, harassment and failing to appear in court and later on Thursday, judge sentenced him to 29 months in prison.

28-year-old Sharma is an Indian citizen and received 22 months for stalking, six months for harassment and one month for failing to attend court and will be considered for deportation at the end of his prison sentence.

“This whole experience has completely shattered my nerves; I have gone from being a confident young woman to constantly feeling scared and on edge”. His victim said, in a statement.

“I have no desire to socialize or meet new people, which has really taken its toll and ruined the university experience I had always envisioned.

“I cannot understand why this male became so obsessed with me, It is so unfair and completely undeserved.”

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“I just want him to realise what he has done and to know that he cannot do this to me or anyone else.

“I now want to move on knowing that he is locked away and cannot harm or hurt anyone else like he has done to me.”​

DC Nicola Kerry of the Metropolitan Police said the victim had been left “devastated” by Sharma’s actions.

“She has shown immense bravery in reporting him to police and supporting this court case,” she added.

“Sharma was incessant in his pursuit…and [he] would also get friends and relatives to contact her on his behalf.”

Police forces were criticised for their approach to stalking and harassment in a report released last month.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), a police watchdog, found that forces did not investigate stalking and harassment consistently or effectively.

HMICFRS also raised concerns that there was no single definition for stalking adopted by police forces and government departments.

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