India uses a US-based centralized reporting system to track child pornography sexual abuse

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Indian police and other law enforcement agencies are using a US-based centralized reporting system on child pornography and child sexual abuse to handle cases in the country and arrest offenders, they said. officials said.

Access to a lakh more Tipline reports prepared by the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has helped verify the growing number of child pornography and child sexual abuse cases across the country, they said.

When a citizen gives a report of a crime to law enforcement through a dedicated number or website, it is automatically converted into an action report, making it a “whistleblower line report”. Agencies never ask for the caller’s name or any other identity, and the caller can remain anonymous.

NCMEC, which is the United States’ centralized reporting system for online child exploitation, shared these reports with India following an agreement it signed with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) three years ago.

“NCMEC’s ​​whistleblower reports are very helpful as police and law enforcement are seeing success in dealing with child pornography and child sexual abuse cases,” an official with the Ministry of Health said. Interior.

In accordance with standard operating procedures, when child pornography-related content is brought to the attention of NCMEC, either by informants via hotlines or by Internet service providers, the entry is verified by the agency and the possible location of the suspect is traced.

A whistleblower report is then generated and made available to the relevant law enforcement agencies, which in the case of India is the NCRB.

After receiving it, the NCRB sends information to state law enforcement authorities from where it is then directed to individual law enforcement jurisdictions.

Till the end of 2021, more than one million reports have been received from NCMEC of child pornography or child sexual exploitation content uploaded from India, the official said.

Indian Police and other law enforcement agencies are taking action against the violators as per the reports.

According to official data, there were only 3,377 cybercrimes reported in 2012, which has reached thousands of dollars now.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently said that the Home Ministry’s cybercrime reporting portal had received 11 lakh complaints, more than two lakh of them related to social media.

“This is going to increase in the next few days as currently 80 million Indians are active online. That’s a big number and as data prices come down there will be more users,” Shah said. .

The central government also periodically blocks websites containing child sexual exploitation (CSAM) material based on Interpol’s “worst list” received through the national nodal agency for Interpol in India.

The relevant Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have also worked out an appropriate arrangement to receive the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the UK list of websites or CSAM web pages on a dynamic basis and block access to web pages and sites Child pornography web.

The Home Office’s National Cybercrime Reporting Portal http://www.cybercrime.gov.in provides a centralized mechanism for citizens to report all types of cybercrime incidents online, with particular emphasis on cybercrimes against women and children.

Incidents reported on this portal are automatically routed to state and UT law enforcement agencies.

A toll-free “1930” helpline number has also been set up for assistance in filing cyber complaints online.

(PTI)


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