The state government has created police flying squads to keep a check on cyber cafés that allow customers to surf the Internet for child pornography.
If any cyber café is found allowing access to such sites, the state will not only punish the cyber café owner but also the police officer of the nearest police station because he or she is supposed to keep a check on such activities.
The state wants to go a step ahead and request the Centre to bring in a law that will ban access to such websites altogether.
“Cyber pornography is affecting the young generation and we will take action on places promoting it. The nearest police station will be held responsible if a cyber café in its jurisdiction allows surfing of porn,” Minister of State for Home, Ramesh Bagwe said in the state Legislative Council on Thursday.
He was referring to a case mentioned by legislator Mohan Joshi.
Joshi had brought up the case of Lieutenant Colonel Jagmohan Balbir Singh, who was arrested by the Mumbai police’s cyber crime cell in May for uploading more than 250 clips on child pornography clips on the Internet.
Joshi had asked if the state has any mechanism, including trained professionals, to track crimes of this nature.
Singh’s case was traced only after the Mumbai Crime Branch received a tip off from the German police, who found that a child pornography clip was uploaded on a website from a location in Mumbai.
Shiv Sena legislator Neelam Gorhe said in a similar case involving an American couple, high court judge Justice Mrudula Bhatkar had prepared a framework for the police for taking such cases forward, including destroying the pornographic material, but the state government has not put the framework to use.
“We will incorporate this and we have also taken steps to destroy the material Singh uploaded,” Bagwe said. “We are also planning to write to the Centre to bring in an act banning child porn.”