news Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 05:30
In a significant breakthrough, the cyber cell of the CB-CID has arrested Yadava Manikanta, a 27-year-old Tirupati-based man, for creating and running a Facebook page with paedophilic content. Manikanta used to run the Facebook page “Chinna ponnu veriyargal” (Crazy about small girls).     The News Minute of late had been reporting about several similar pages on Facebook in Malayalam and Tamil languages, which used photographs of young girls and children and asked users to comment on them. The comments on the photographs, which usually ran into hundreds and were of sexual nature, gave insight into how paedophiles were making use of  social media platforms.   Though few of the pages have since been taken down from Facebook, the arrest of Manikanta could likely serve as a lesson for others. It may be almost impossible for the police to get hold of every person who creates, follows or comments on such pages, but one such arrest could serve as a deterrent to other like-minded individuals.   The Chennai police's step is also noteworthy when compared to that of the Kerala police, which when informed about the Malayalam pages said that the creator was based out of Saudi Arabia and that not much could be done about nabbing the person.    The arrest of Manikanta came after an NGO in Chennai filed a complaint against his page. The police tracked his IP address and arrested him from his house. According to a report by The Times of India, a police officer said Manikanta had tried to create four such pages in a year but failed after an error in the verification code. He however managed to successfully create the last page four months ago.    Manikanta used to take random pictures of children in public places around the temple town Tirupati and upload them on the page. He also used to circulate them with a private online group, the members of which in turn posted them on similar such pages, adds the report.    A case has been registered against him under 67 B  (b) of the Information Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). 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".   Read: Should parents post pictures of their children on Facebook with paedophiles lurking in our midst?     
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