SC sets up a committee to explore solution to curb sexual offense on social platforms
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 23-Mar-2017

New Delhi, March 23: We are often bombarded with sexual abuse content on social platforms which unknowingly affects the masses that perceive it in a wrong way and then become the culprit for the same. Hence Supreme Court has constituted a committee which has officials of government and internet majors to come up with a solution in order to block sexual offense videos on social platforms.The Supreme Court constituted the committee on Wednesday to combat the sexual offense on social networking websites. A bench headed by Justices M B Lokur and U U Lalit gave the nominees of Google India, Microsoft India, Yahoo India, Facebook and other internet intermediaries 15 days to meet and come up with a solution.

The court has asked the representatives of all the stakeholders to participate in the meetings and inform it about the outcome on April 20, which is the next date of hearing. Officials from the cyber security, who function under the CBI, told the bench that internet was a "wild highway" and blocking objectionable content at the source was a technical challenge for which clear guidelines needed to be issued to stop circulation of such material. 50 countries have set up hotlines to stop child abuse in their jurisdiction but India was yet to start such a service, officials added.

The officials had said they were taking assistance of the International Criminal Police Organization INTERPOL to stop child pornography, and whenever any complaint was received, the internet service providers were asked to block the objectionable content.

In a reply to this plea the CBI said, "committing such abhorrent crimes, recording them and disseminating them across the world through Internet-enabled media, serves to titillate and indirectly embolden other males to also commit such heinous crimes These not only add to the misery of existing victims but also endanger and threaten the safety of other innocent women and children.”

The Centre had earlier informed the court that it would set up a specialized agency to block and curb sharing of sexual offence videos on social networking platforms. Here the Court was hearing a letter sent to then Chief Justice of India H L Dattu by Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala along with two rape videos in a pen drive. It had taken suo motu cognizance of the letter about posting of those videos on WhatsApp and asked CBI to launch a probe with immediate effect to arrest the culprits.