news Monday, June 29, 2015 - 05:30
  It was in April 2015 that a couple from Kerala approached the Thiruvananthapuram cyber cell with proof of two Facebook groups that had nothing other than paedophilic content on it. The cyber cell sent them back, and never bothered to track down hundreds of people who were commenting in Malayalam on those pages and claimed it was not possible as most users were anonymous and using fake ids. Instead, they just asked Facebook to shut down the page which was being run by a person from Saudi Arabia. Den of paedophiles: Kerala couple gets Facebook page using pictures of girls shut down  If those people who flock to such pages on Facebook were relieved with Kerala police’s act, they have reason to worry now.  The Chennai CB-CID police on Saturday night arrested two people for making obscene comments on a Facebook page with paedophilic content. Few weeks before this, CB-CID had arrested a man from Tirupathi for starting a page containing paedophilic content that had over 3,000 members. Though the Facebook page run by Yadava Manikanta had been taken down, screenshots of the page and comments on it were provided to the Chennai CB-CID by NGOs. (The News Minute too had sent screenshots to these NGOs who lodged a complaint). From these comments, the CB-CID managed to track down the IP addresses of two people who were making offensive comments. By tracking down the two faceless people who relied on anonymity as their weapon to target children by posting sexually violent comments, the Chennai CB-CID has set an example. Most comments on these pages (in different languages) talked about how the users wanted to undress these kids. Some described their bodies in the most disgustingly lustful ways. They talked about having sex with the kids and playing with their private parts.  “We don't know how many people out there have a sexual interest in children.Three cheers to the CB-CID, Chennai for seeing beyond just the obvious and investigating and arresting people who have made graphically sexually violent comments about innocuous pictures of children posted on a Facebook Page.” TULIR, Chennai. What are some of the basic guidelines parents can follow while posting their child's picture online? Know the law It is an offense under Section 67B (b) of the Information Technology Act if one ‘creates text or digital images, collects, seeks, browses, downloads, advertises, promotes, exchanges or distributes material in any electronic form depicting children in obscene or indecent or sexually explicit manner’.  Section 13 of POCSO Act- Whoever, uses a child in any form of media (including programme or advertisement telecast by television channels or internet or any other electronic form or printed form. whether or not such programme or advertisement is intended for personal use or for distribution), for the purposes of sexual gratification. Section 14 and Section 15 of POCSO also deals with child pornography. Section 15 says 3 years punishment for storing pornographic material involving a child, for commercial purposes.

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