Maneka Gandhi launches India's first internet hotline for reporting online child sexual abuse images

India now has its first internet hotline to report images and videos of child sexual abuse online, in both Hindi and English.
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi today launched India's first internet hotline to report images and videos of child sexual abuse online. The portal is available in both Hindi and English and can be accessed at http://aarambhindia.org/report. The Arambh India Initiative is a joint venture of Mumbai based NGO, Prerna and the Internet Watch Foundation.
All you have to do to report instances of online abuse of children is to share the address of the website or newsgroup where you have found objectionable content. The complainant can choose to be anonymous if he or she so desires. The criminality and severity of the content is decided against UK law. The content is immediately blocked and removed from cyberspace. IWF will determine the location from where objectionable content was uploaded and is being hosted and contact Arambh India and the local police.

Speaking at the launch, Maneka Gandhi said, 'Government is open to new ideas. We frequently change policy and can look to incorporate new initiatives.'

'We should aim to put together an all India alliance for child online safety and ensure that the POSCO e-box and child line work together,' she said.

A 2007, Government of India report on Child Sexual Abuse found that 4.46 percent of 12,000 children surveyed said that they had been photographed indecently or in the nude. Between 2013-2014 there was a 100 per cent increase in the number of cases filed under 'publication and transmission of obscene' content, including images and videos of child sexual abuse.

'Increasingly, technology plays a role in sexual offences against children. We have seen instances where sexually explicit pictures of children are taken either for the purpose of blackmail or gratification and this is on the rise. The abstract and global nature of the internet makes it difficult to process and prosecute these cases in a timely manner', said Uma Subramanian, Founder and Co-Director of Aarambh India.

There are no accurate numbers available to quantify the phenomenon of child sexual abuse images and videos in India, however international trends suggest that along with the growth of the internet, the number of child sexual abuse images online have increased from 45,000 in 2002 to a staggering 24 million in 2013.

Source - India today

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