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March 23, 2017

SC Constitutes High-Level Committee To Stop Uploading Of Rape Videos And Child Porn


Child Porn

On March 22, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit of the Supreme Court constituted a high-level committee comprising senior government officials and representatives from social networking sites to explore ways to stop rape videos and child pornographic material getting uploaded on social networking sites and directed top technocrats of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook to participate in a brainstorming meeting in India for 15 days (from April 5 to 20) to determine a solution to deal with the problem. The committee will be headed by Additional Secretary of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

However, Facebook and Google contended that their representatives would not be able to attend the meeting for all 15 days and that they should be allowed to participate through video conferencing. Notably, the bench rejected their plea saying, "Do not treat India as your colony. If you are serious about the problem, then ask your representatives to come to India and participate in the meeting for 15 days. How can you make such request? Ensure their uninterrupted presence in the meeting."

Thereafter, all four companies furnished names of their representatives who will be participating in the meeting of the committee, which would also comprise two senior officials of home ministry and Advocate Aprana Bhatt.

The bench then said that if the committee came to the conclusion that there was no technological solution available to the problem, it should give reasons and explain why it was not possible to block uploading and circulating videos of rape, gang-rape, and child pornography. It ordered the committee to submit its report in a sealed cover by April 24.

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