PUNE: The information shared by the Union Home Ministry with Pune Police shows a steep rise in the activities related to the downloading, uploading, and online circulation of child pornography video clips on websites and social media channels.
Since January 2019, the home ministry has sent at least 4,500 child pornography videos and related online activities to the Pune cybercrime police for investigation.
The increase is clear with the fact that the ministry only sent 845 such cases for action last year. For uploading child pornography images on the internet, the police filed eight cases and detained four people. In 2019-20, the ministry discovered 35,000 such cases across India.
According to the POSCO Amendment Bill, which was approved by the Union Cabinet on July 10, 2019, anyone found in possession of digital or computer-generated sexually explicit images depicting children will be subject to legal actions.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (cyber) Bhagyashri Navatake said, “The links forwarded by the home ministry have been uploaded from different parts of Pune district. We are segregating these links and based on their IP addresses and other details the links will be passed on to the Pimpri Chinchwad and Pune rural police for further action.”
Cybercrime police inspector D S Hake said, “We will either delete the links or file cases against persons who uploaded these links on the internet or shared them on different social media platforms. We will take action against persons who upload and circulate child pornography video links on internet or social media sites”.
The numbers (4,500 links) indicate the type of activities involving video clip downloading, uploading, and circulation that are taking place in the district, according to police.
“People have been cautioned against uploading child pornography videos to the internet and sending them through internet-based mobile messaging apps,” Hake said.