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By Saish Bhise

Beware! Paedophiles are on the prowl. Since the onset of the pandemic, India has seen an uptick in child pornography cases. A report titled 'Child Sexual Abuse Material in India', which maps the search trends of more than 100 cities, specifically highlighted that the traffic on various pornography sites had increased significantly when compared with the pre-lockdown era. In a global compilation of reports of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) found online, India tops the list with around 11.7 per cent of the total reports, followed by Pakistan which contributes 6.8 per cent of all reports.


Various state law enforcement agencies have launched dedicated special operations to nab paedophiles. Early on during the onset of the pandemic last year, the Indian Child Protection Fund (ICPF) released a report highlighting the rise in child pornography consumption. The primary cause for the rise was the nationwide lockdown. Due to curbs imposed on travel and socializing, paedophiles have migrated online to satiate their thirst for child pornography.

India's fight against CSAM was reinforced in 2019 when The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a US-based non-profit entity that works on the prevention of child exploitation, started sharing tip-offs about CSAM in India with Indian law enforcement agencies. These tip-offs were received at National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) which then passed those to the respective state law enforcement agencies. Around 25,000 cases of CSAM being uploaded online were reported in just five months between September 2019 to January 2020 across the nation. While the national capital, Delhi topped the list in terms of people who were involved in uploading CSAM, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are also equally ranked.

Experts opine that most of the cases go unreported as parents, guardians fear social stigma. Approximately in 60 per cent of the cases, the offenders are either family members or close relatives and in around 50 per cent of cases, pornographic material was filmed without the knowledge of the abused child.

Cyber grooming is the newest threat in India's fight against CSAM. Internet penetration is quite high since the onset of the pandemic and its need is amplified due to online education. Gen Z's and baby boomers are well versed with the internet, social media than older adults.

There is an alarming rise in the cases of paedophiles befriending children on various social media sites, gaming platforms with an explicit intention of sexual exploitation. It is high time that parents, law enforcement agencies and policymakers take serious note of Child Sexual Abuse.


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