Stalker uploaded a list of 200 rape names and posted ‘why rape is better than sex’

A stalker created a “rape list” with the names of almost 200 potential victims, then posted it on social media and then created a post titled “Why is rape better than sex”.

Vishaal Vijapura, 28, used several aliases to contact victims and even paid hundreds of pounds to ancestry and address lookup websites for information about his targets.

Police also found eight Excel spreadsheets containing lists of 191 names, home addresses, genders, dates of birth, phone numbers, names of relatives and Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram usernames among their stash of digital files.

In his online posts, Vijapura attempted to justify why he would rather rape someone than have consensual sex.

Notes on Vijapura’s phone found typed essays detailing sexual abuse and rape fantasies he had sent to some victims.

In a message to a victim, he told her he would rape her at her home and film the assault so it would go viral.

He told another victim that his assault would render her “completely unconscious”. He sent a third victim laughing emojis after a graphic message.

All of those victims were strangers, but Vijapura paid at least £500 to use search sites such as ancestry.co.uk and 192.com to find out more about their lives in order to scare them away, police said.

Vijapura used multiple usernames on different social media platforms to stalk and send anonymous messages to his victims.

When he was blocked by a victim on an account, he created another one and used the new unknown account to continue messaging him.

Police discovered his email was linked to at least 28 different social media accounts between June 2020 and January 2021, when he was arrested.

This wealth of information that Vijapura researched was used to intimidate his victims into regurgitating details about themselves as he tracked them down.

He even started an Instagram post titled “Why Sex Is Better Than Sex: A Thread,” police said.

Cops were able to find that of the 191 names, 150 were traceable real people, according to police.

Vijapura, from Croydon, south London, was arrested after a number of victims complained to the police and officers managed to track him down from the IP address he used.

At Croydon Crown Court today (Tuesday) he was jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal harassment involving fear of violence at an earlier hearing.

A sexual abuse prevention order was also issued along with a restraining order prohibiting him from directly or indirectly contacting any of the names on the list he created for life.

Helen Shaw, District Attorney at CPS London South, said after the sentencing hearing: ‘Vishaal Vijapura has carried out a shocking, truly chilling and vicious campaign of stalking against a number of victims.

“His behavior involved hiding behind a screen and anonymously using social media to threaten to inflict extreme and explicit sexual violence on his victims.

“All of these victims were unknown to him, yet Vijapura paid at least £500 to use research facilities such as ancestry.co.uk and 192.com to find out more about their lives and instill in them a fear of physical abuse. .

“The detrimental impact on his victims cannot be understated – many of them have described feeling petrified and frightened in their own homes due to Vijapura’s behavior.

“His actions also continued to have a significant impact on their long-term daily lives.

“I would like to thank the victims for their assistance in this large and complex investigation which has seen Vijapura held responsible.

“Harassment can be deeply distressing, and the CPS is committed to working with the police to root out offenders and bring them to court to bring them to justice.”

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