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Sharp rise in child pornography cases worry experts

  • Kerala seems to have made considerable progress in tackling the menace, statistics show.
The problem of child pornography on the internet and social media has increased during the pandemic, says an expert. (iStockphoto/Representative Image)
The problem of child pornography on the internet and social media has increased during the pandemic, says an expert. (iStockphoto/Representative Image)
Published on Jan 24, 2021 08:47 AM IST
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ByRamesh Babu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Thiruvananthapuram

CBI arrests 2 for sale, purchase of child pornography over Instagram

  • One of the accused allegedly published an advertisement for sale of child sexual abuse material over Instagram and sent his clients the pornographic material in exchange for money.
One of the accused was sharing objectionable material through Whatsapp, Telegram, Instagram and other social media platforms. (HT PHOTO.)
One of the accused was sharing objectionable material through Whatsapp, Telegram, Instagram and other social media platforms. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 10, 2021 10:34 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

Is female nudity obscenity? Plea asks Supreme Court to decide

The petition, an anticipatory bail plea, has been filed by Fathima AS, an activist from Kerala, who is apprehending arrest for offences under POCSO Act and IT Act after she uploaded a video on social media of her two minor children painting her naked body.
The petitioner has contended that female nudity per se will not constitute obscenity and children painting on their mother’s body cannot be construed as child abuse.
The petitioner has contended that female nudity per se will not constitute obscenity and children painting on their mother’s body cannot be construed as child abuse.
Updated on Jul 27, 2020 11:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMurali Krishnan

Uttarakhand man booked for posting child pornography on social media

The police said the accused has been identified as Dilshad Ansari, resident of Banbhulpura, area of Haldwani district.
Superintendent of Police, Haldwani, said a child pornography post had been uploaded by the man on Facebook on January 2, 2020.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Superintendent of Police, Haldwani, said a child pornography post had been uploaded by the man on Facebook on January 2, 2020.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 09, 2020 08:20 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Haldwani | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

CBI books firm, officials for child pornography site

The agency has booked the company, its directors and other unidentified persons for violation of the Information Technology Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, they said.
Earlier, on the basis of a communication from the German Embassy in January last year, CBI registered a case against seven people for allegedly being part of WhatsApp groups with members in several countries in which child sexual abuse material including images and videos were being circulated.(PTI)
Earlier, on the basis of a communication from the German Embassy in January last year, CBI registered a case against seven people for allegedly being part of WhatsApp groups with members in several countries in which child sexual abuse material including images and videos were being circulated.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 03, 2020 03:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

New rules under amended POCSO Act: Survivors may get quick compensation

The rules are expected to be finalised within a month and will, among other things, lay down procedures under which immediate compensation will be extended to the survivors. They will specify the quantum of the compensation as well.
Minor sexual assault survivors could be given immediate compensation within a week their cases are taken up in special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act courts(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Minor sexual assault survivors could be given immediate compensation within a week their cases are taken up in special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act courts(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 22, 2020 12:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

Activists write to Facebook against encryption, says it will dent bid to curb child pornography

The social network is working to extend end-to-end encryption across its social media messaging applications Facebook Messenger and Instagram.
The encryption, the activists have said, will make it almost impossible for law enforcement agencies to access evidence or detect potential abuse.(REUTERS)
The encryption, the activists have said, will make it almost impossible for law enforcement agencies to access evidence or detect potential abuse.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 09, 2020 06:33 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

50-year-old Odisha man arrested for raping minor daughter: Police

NCRB’s report said Odisha recorded the maximum cases of child pornography in the country in 2018 with 333 cases followed by 177 in Bihar.
Hundreds of agitated people gathered at India Gate demanding strong action against those involved in brutal rape of a student in Delhi.(Saarthak Aurora/ HT Photo)
Hundreds of agitated people gathered at India Gate demanding strong action against those involved in brutal rape of a student in Delhi.(Saarthak Aurora/ HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 07, 2020 11:50 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | ByDebabrata Mohanty

MPs suggest app to monitor access to child porn online

The suggestions cover legislative, technical, social, institutional and educational interventions such as making intermediaries – companies like Facebook that runs WhatsApp and Google that owns Gmail – adhere to a code of conduct to make the internet safer for children.
The committee met with stakeholders such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and ShareChat.(Shutterstock)
The committee met with stakeholders such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and ShareChat.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 26, 2020 03:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

RS panel calls for mandatory monitoring apps on all devices to curb child pornography

The report was presented to Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu by the panel chief and Congress parliamentarian Jairam Ramesh.
ITo prevent sexual abuse of children and contain access to and transmission of child pornographic content on social media, a Rajya Sabha panel has made 40 recommendations(HT File Photo (Representative Image))
ITo prevent sexual abuse of children and contain access to and transmission of child pornographic content on social media, a Rajya Sabha panel has made 40 recommendations(HT File Photo (Representative Image))
Updated on Jan 25, 2020 03:49 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

US ousts 21 Saudi military trainees after army base shooting probe

Attorney General Bill Barr said that the 21 Saudi cadets have been dis-enrolled from their training curriculum in the US military.
Attorney General Bill Barr on Monday said that 21 Saudi military trainees who were probed were found to posses possessed jihadist material and child pornography.(@TheJusticeDept/Twitter)
Attorney General Bill Barr on Monday said that 21 Saudi military trainees who were probed were found to posses possessed jihadist material and child pornography.(@TheJusticeDept/Twitter)
Updated on Jan 14, 2020 02:32 AM IST
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Washington | ByReuters

MPs from across party lines looking into regulation of child pornography

The informal group includes 14 MPs from 10 parties and it was formed by the Upper House Chairman Venkaiah Naidu.
The MPs got into action quickly and conducted its first meeting on Monday and held preliminary discussion on the subject. (Representational image)(PTI file)
The MPs got into action quickly and conducted its first meeting on Monday and held preliminary discussion on the subject. (Representational image)(PTI file)
Updated on Dec 04, 2019 09:47 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Crackdown on child pornography: WCD reaches out to IT ministry for help

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was amended earlier this year with stringent punishment for the possession and transmission of child pornography.
The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) has now decided to approach the communications ministry to seek clarification on the definition of pornography and child pornography and the parameters that violate it.(Shutterstock FILE)
The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) has now decided to approach the communications ministry to seek clarification on the definition of pornography and child pornography and the parameters that violate it.(Shutterstock FILE)
Updated on Nov 09, 2019 06:20 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

CBI conducts searches in six cities over child pornography

The CBI registered a case against seven men on September 29 after receiving information from Germany about the conviction of one Sasche Treppke there of sexual abuse of children and distribution of child pornography.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday raided residences of seven men accused of circulating child pornography videos and images on WhatsApp groups.(HT Photo)
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday raided residences of seven men accused of circulating child pornography videos and images on WhatsApp groups.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2019 01:28 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Noble laureate Kailash Satyarthi calls for UN convention to stop digital child abuse

Kailash Satyarthi said he was in talks with the government to lead in proposing a UN convention to stop the use of technology for child abuse.
Noble laureate Kailash Satyarthi has called for a UN convention to address the issue of digital child sexual abuse and trafficking.(HT File Photo)
Noble laureate Kailash Satyarthi has called for a UN convention to address the issue of digital child sexual abuse and trafficking.(HT File Photo)
Published on Aug 17, 2019 03:09 PM IST
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Singapore | ByPress Trust of India

In Smriti Irani’s POCSO overhaul, sex animes with minors now child porn

Child pornography, as per the new amendments, includes any visual depiction of sexually explicit content that involves a child. The visual depiction includes photos, videos, digital or computer-generated images indistinguishable from an actual child.
Cartoons and animes depicting child porn too have been brought into the ambit under the new changes. The Bill is set to be introduced in Parliament next week.(AFP/Getty Images.)
Cartoons and animes depicting child porn too have been brought into the ambit under the new changes. The Bill is set to be introduced in Parliament next week.(AFP/Getty Images.)
Updated on Jul 11, 2019 10:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

Promised $9 million online, US teen killed ‘best friend’: Police

According to investigators, Denali Brehmer, an 18-year-old from Alaska, was recruited to kill her friend by a man a few years her elder, 21-year-old Darin Schilmiller of Indiana.
Brehmer recruited four other teens and the group settled on Cynthia Hoffman -- who considered Brehmer to be her best friend -- as their victim.(Facebook/Cynthia Hoffman)
Brehmer recruited four other teens and the group settled on Cynthia Hoffman -- who considered Brehmer to be her best friend -- as their victim.(Facebook/Cynthia Hoffman)
Updated on Jun 19, 2019 11:18 AM IST
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Los Angeles, USA | ByAgence France-Presse

New York sex cult leader’s ‘out there’ lifestyle not a crime, says lawyer

Keith Raniere is on trial facing charges including racketeering, sex trafficking and child pornography. Prosecutors said he used his organization, Nxivm, to hide the secretive sorority, called DOS.
Nxivm leader Keith Raniere, facing charges including racketeering, sex trafficing etc is shown in this courtroom sketch in US Federal Court in New York.(REUTERS)
Nxivm leader Keith Raniere, facing charges including racketeering, sex trafficing etc is shown in this courtroom sketch in US Federal Court in New York.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 19, 2019 07:43 AM IST
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New York, USA | ByReuters

US millionaire put plane on autopilot to have sex with minor, faces jail

Mell, a father-of-three who had a brokerage firm, was accused of committing sex acts with a 15-year-old girl whose mother had approached him so that he could give her flying lessons, according to reports.
Mell also faces sentencing in July on a state charge related to sexual activity with the teen, which he pleaded guilty to earlier this month.(Reuters FILE/ Representative Image)
Mell also faces sentencing in July on a state charge related to sexual activity with the teen, which he pleaded guilty to earlier this month.(Reuters FILE/ Representative Image)
Updated on May 22, 2019 08:58 AM IST
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Washington | ByIndo Asian News Service

New York sex cult founder ordered naked meetings, says former slave

The former slave, Lauren Salzman, told jurors in federal court in Brooklyn that the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, would preside over the meetings fully clothed
Former self-help guru Keith Raniere, is seen, in this courtroom sketch, at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in New York, U.S., May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg(REUTERS)
Former self-help guru Keith Raniere, is seen, in this courtroom sketch, at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in New York, U.S., May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg(REUTERS)
Updated on May 18, 2019 01:25 PM IST
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New York | ByReuters

Indian-origin man in US jailed for life for sexually exploiting minor

The accused, Deepak Deshpande, posing as a modelling agent contacted the minor in Orlando through an online chat application in July 2017, and persuaded her to send him nude images of herself.
A 41-year-old Indian-origin man in the US has been sentenced to life in prison for enticing a minor to engage in sexual conduct and 30 years’ imprisonment for production of child pornography.
A 41-year-old Indian-origin man in the US has been sentenced to life in prison for enticing a minor to engage in sexual conduct and 30 years’ imprisonment for production of child pornography.
Published on Apr 13, 2019 01:58 PM IST
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New York | ByPress Trust of India

Twelve held as Kerala police bust child pornography racket

Raids were conducted across the state after the Central Bureau of Investigation, which co-ordinates with Interpol, handed over details of the accused and the various sites catering to child porn addicts.
Officials have code-named the operation as P-Hunt and more raids are likely at other places.
Officials have code-named the operation as P-Hunt and more raids are likely at other places.
Updated on Apr 01, 2019 06:52 PM IST
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Thiruvananthapuram | ByHT Correspondent

Colombian man who sexually assaulted 276 kids, sold videos to paedophile, jailed for 60 years

Juan Carloz Sanchez was arrested last November across the border in Venezuela. Colombian authorities had issued the warrant after being tipped off by Mexican police that they had detained a customer sent hundreds of videos by Sanchez.
Juan Carloz Sanchez picked up his victims in shopping centres in the Caribbean coastal town of Barranquilla, offering them money to accompany him to places where he attacked them, sharing the footage on the internet.(Bloomberg)
Juan Carloz Sanchez picked up his victims in shopping centres in the Caribbean coastal town of Barranquilla, offering them money to accompany him to places where he attacked them, sharing the footage on the internet.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Feb 14, 2019 02:37 PM IST
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Bogota | ByAgence France-Presse

Starbucks to ban porn on free Wi-Fi in US

Starbucks has been under pressure from a Virginia-based non-profit, Enough is Enough, to filter pornography in its stores.
A waitress prepares a beverage at a branch of Starbucks coffee in Tokyo, Japan on August 13, 2018.(Reuters)
A waitress prepares a beverage at a branch of Starbucks coffee in Tokyo, Japan on August 13, 2018.(Reuters)
Published on Nov 30, 2018 10:50 AM IST
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Washington | ByIndo Asian News Service

Govt launches online database of sex offenders

The National Database on Sexual Offenders details will not be available for general public but only to law enforcement agencies for effectively tracking and investigating cases of sexual offences.
The National Database on Sexual Offenders will have names, addresses, photographs and fingerprint details of persons convicted on charges of rape, gang rape, offences related to POCSO Act, and stalking.(AFP/Picture for representation)
The National Database on Sexual Offenders will have names, addresses, photographs and fingerprint details of persons convicted on charges of rape, gang rape, offences related to POCSO Act, and stalking.(AFP/Picture for representation)
Published on Sep 20, 2018 10:52 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Govt to examine feasibility of blocking WhatsApp calling services in insurgency-hit areas

Top ministry officials discussed effective measures to be taken by the law enforcement agencies to tackle the security challenges being posed by terrorists, militants and individuals propagating child pornography using the social media platforms.
The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration.(Reuters Photo)
The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2018 07:50 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Let’s Talk About Child Rape: No one can vouch for rapists even after therapy, says Samir Parikh

In the last and final part of our series, Let’s Talk About Child Rape, Dr Samir Parikh writes that child rapists, like many other deviants, learn to mask their sexual urges, which often make it impossible to identify them in a social setting.
(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)
(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)
Updated on Jun 01, 2018 01:14 PM IST
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BySamir Parikh

Pakistan jails man in country’s first child porn conviction

Sadat Amin was found guilty by a Lahore court of being part of a global child pornography racket spread across Europe and the United States
Pakistan only criminalised child pornography, as well as sexual assault against minors, for the first time in March last year, following the passage of a bill in the Senate.(Shutterstock)
Pakistan only criminalised child pornography, as well as sexual assault against minors, for the first time in March last year, following the passage of a bill in the Senate.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 27, 2018 09:37 AM IST
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Press Trust of India, Lahore | ByPress Trust of India
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