NEW DELHI: The police in Indian capital city of Delhi lodged as many as 105 FIRs in cases of child pornography and arrested 36 people suspected of their involvement in such crimes, according to a report.
The action was taken by the Delhi Police’s Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit in a carefully coordinated initiative known as ‘MASOOM’ – Mitigation of Adolescent Sexually Offensive Online Material.
According to Section 67 (B) of the Information Technology (IT) Act, publishing or transmitting material depicting children in sexually explicit act, etc. in electronic form is a punishable offence. Cases of child pornography can be reported through the National Cyber Crime Reporting portal.
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The Delhi police said the details of violations pertaining to child pornographic material were received by the IFSO through the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
“On the basis of these details, 105 cases were registered at various police stations across Delhi and legal action was taken against the offenders. So far, 36 people have been arrested or apprehended during the operation,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (IFSO) Prashant Gautam said, according to the report.
Delhi Police’s IFSO has analysed the details received from the NCRB to identify any organised nexus in child pornography. After a technical analysis of more than 10,000 tip-offs, the actionable reports were identified.
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The Pact Between India’s NCRB and the US’ NCMEC
Notably, in 2019 India’s NCRB, which functions under the Union Home Ministry, had entered into an agreement with the NCMEC, a US-based private but non-profit organisation established in 1984 by the United Nations Congress.
The MoU provides access to more than one lakh tipline reports available with NCMEC, USA and enable law enforcement agencies in India. It also paved the way for setting up of an innovative mechanism for sharing information about child pornography and child sexual abuse material and taking legal action against offenders.
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The NCMEC has a tie-up with social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Whenever it comes across any content violating the privacy or projecting obscene material regarding children, it is red-flagged. The IP address details of the user who had uploaded the content is then procured, according to the report.
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