Supreme Court India Issues Notice on Sexual Offense and Cyber Crime Videos From Google, Facebook & Microsoft
The Supreme Court on Monday begs for responses from search engine and social networking site facebook on the plea that wanted curbs on sharing of videos related to intimate offenses and cyber-crime.
A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit wanted responses from – Yahoo India, Google India, Microsoft Corporation (India) Ltd. and Facebook by January being unfaithful on NGO Prajwala‘s request seeking a defined place where you could report such rape videos and seek their blocking.
The court’s notices for response arrived during the course of hearing of a notice by Hyderabad-based non-governmental company Prajwala along with two rape videos. Two videos submitted in a pen drive showed a man raping a woman and another man filming it.
The NGO’s legal professional Aparna Bhat said videos of sexual offenses are taken and posted online, and pleaded for court guidelines to them to take steps to curb cyber crime. As the court wanted responses on the request, Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh told the counter about things taken by the government and the Central Bureau of Analysis to curb cyber crime. The CBI happens to be the nodal agency to deal with the instances of cyber crime.
The authorities said this in response to an August twenty-eight direction by the very best court, asking the Information Technology Ministry about the way it might assist in confirming and blocking videos of rape under the Safety of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, which are in circulation on social networking websites.
Because ASG Maninder Singh said that a debate is on in the country and abroad on making public the identity of the sexual offender, the court said the identity of an alleged rape prison should not be exposed merely on the sign up of an offense but only after conviction.
The court said if a person gets acquitted even then he’d suffer harm to his image because of prior disclosure of his identity. “It will tarnish the image of the person, (even) if he could be acquitted in the sexual offense case, ” the bench said. The counter said if a person is acquitted of a sexual offense, the CBI will not investigate him for the cybercrime aspect of the offense.
Directing to National Crime Record Bureau statistics on a sharp rise in instances of sexual violence against children, the apex court asked the Centre to include in the set of measures for curbing offenses against women, the steps to safeguard children from intimate violence.
The NGO’s co-founder Sunitha Krishnan is involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking for sex control.