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Child pornography over social media

Alok Parekh

Child pornography over social media platforms

Two men have been arrested by CBI for sharing child pornography data on social media.

Certain officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Sunday that they have arrested two people - Neeraj Kumar Yadav and Kuljeet Singh Makan - in a case of child pornography wherein they allegedly purchased and sold of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) over Instagram and other social media platforms.

A case has been registered by an agency under section 14 of POCSO (Prevention Of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, 2012 and u/s 67-B of Information Technology Act, 2000 on the allegations that the accused Neeraj Yadav who is a B. Tech, was advertising for sale over an Instagram account of objectionable material along with child pornographic material.
R C Joshi who is a CBI spokesperson said that it was further claimed that the said accused (Neeraj Yadav) had purchased large quantities of data, from another accused person, stored over cloud-based websites, containing objectionable material including child pornography material and made payment to him through PayTM for the same. After that, Neeraj Yadav allegedly published an advertisement on Instagram for the sale of said materials.
Joshi also added that on the receipt of payments via Paytm, Google Pay, or any other online transaction application from the customer or seekers, Yadav was allegedly sharing the said objectionable material with them through WhatsApp, Telegram, Instagram and other social media platforms. Joshi also added, “It was also alleged that he (Yadav) had gained monetary benefits and was indulging in these activities since 2019.”
Both the accused were produced in a court in Saket.

Recently, a group of Bangladeshi netizens was found addicted to sharing and storing child sexual abuse materials in cyberspace as well as blackmailing and cyberbullying young girls using that data. Bangladesh is identified as one of the most vulnerable countries for the development and circulation of child sex abuse materials by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children which is an organization based in the United States of America.


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