Centre pulled up for no follow-up on child pornography

Kashmir Times. Dated: 2/12/2020 2:32:06 PM

UMAKANT LAKHERA, Feb 11 NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the government for no action on its order issued in October 2018 for action against the child pornography and circulation of the rape videos on the social network.
A 3-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde posted the matter for hearing after four weeks after the Home Ministry assured it to hold a meeting with the Internet giants, social media platforms and other stakeholders and intermediaries, including Google, Microsoft and Facebook.
The matter is pending before the Court since it entertained as a PIL a letter it got in 2015 from Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala, along with two rape videos from the social media on a pen drive.
Advocate Aparna Bhat, appearing for a party, told the Court that the Centre has done nothing after setting up a portal last September for centralised lodging of complaints by citizens against child pornography and rape videos found on the social networks.
In October 2018, the Apex Court had laid down the guidelines to tackle the menace and asked the government to implement them. Advocate N S Nappinai, who was appointed the amicus curiae (friend of Court) submitted that a complaint leads to removal of the pornographic content from one site, but its other copies on the net are not removed.



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