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  • Stringent rules to be introduced to deter “revenge porn” in India

    June 02, 2017

    To address the surge in ‘revenge porn’ videos on social media in India, the center is planning to amend the law. Revenge porn commonly refers to sharing of images or videos of sexual content without consent of the person whose images or videos are uploaded on the internet.

    Ministry of Women and Child Development aims to crack the whip on online sexual abuse as it adversely impacts the victim and his reputation and who has to deal with the public humiliation. Ministry also observed that there are huge gaps between Indian Penal Code provisions and Information Technology Law to address the instances of “revenge porn”. There have been incidents where the victims have to go through a lot of hassles just to register a case.

    It was observed by the ministry officials that there are loopholes in the existing legislative framework that need to be fixed to address the challenges posed by cybercrime and cyberspace. Further, there is no need to have a separate legislation to deal with the crime of “revenge porn”. Making the existing provisions more stringent will be sufficient.

    To the tame the beast, recently, on May 12th the Inter-Ministerial Committee(IMC) came up with some interim measures. Internet Watch Foundation(IWF), maintains a list of websites and URLs from around the world which contain child abuse content. IMC has directed the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to adopt and implement the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) funds by July 31. Through this list, it will be possible to block or remove such sexually abusive content.

    This is only an interim measure till IMC figures a centralized mechanism to monitor online child sexual abuse matter.

    The need of the hour is to establish a fast-track procedure to enable swift and speedy compliance of requests made to ISPs seeking information or blockage or removal of any content.

     


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