Anti-Cyber Crime! ‘Online Grooming’ for children against Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 12-May-2017

New Delhi, May 12: Cyber crime often takes a new angle every time day by day. Even there are many cases which are related to online Child Sexual Abuse. The Ministry of Women and Child Development establish a National Alliance against Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

One of the cases is from Tirupur where earlier this month which reported that a 13-year-old girl was attracted and then raped by a 21 years boy from Chennai. Rapist first got friendly with that girl on Facebook and after gaining her trust online, he sexually assaulted her. This incident brought the attention related to child safety issues on the internet which named ‘online grooming’.

To curb the menace of online child sexual abuse material, the government announced immediate interim measures. To deal with the problem related to online Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), the Ministry of Women and Child Development has been making several efforts.

Last year, a stakeholder Consultation decided that the Ministry will establish a National Alliance against Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, focusing primarily on the online content.

Subsequent to this decision, an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) was constituted on request of the WCD Ministry which includes MHA, MEITY, Ministry of Law, Ministry of External Affairs and Department of Telecom. 

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) in collaboration with Ministry of Women and Child Development has issued immediate interim measures to curb the menace of Online Child Sexual Abuse Material which is based on the consultations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee.

MEITY has issued this Order under Section 79(2) (c) of the Information Technology Act 2000 to curb online child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

According to this law, the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) shall be required to adopt and implement the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Resources by 31st July 2017.

This foundation maintains a dynamic global list of websites and URLs which contain CSAM. Implementation of IWF Resources will result in the relevant content being blocked/removed on an ongoing basis.

This initial is an interim measure till the IMC puts in place a centralised mechanism to monitor online CSAM.

The Order of MEITY also reiterates that the ISPs will continue to observe due diligence requirements described under the IT Act for removing and disabling any content which is in violation of the extant rules and regulations.