Nagpur. The Maharashtra Police has arrested 105 people and registered 213 cases in the last 18 months in connection with producing child pornography and airing them on the Internet. A senior police officer gave this information on Friday. Maharashtra Cyber Superintendent of Police Sanjay Shintre said that these cases were registered on the basis of ‘tipline reports’ shared by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in the last 18 months.
The ‘tipline reports’ of child pornography are produced by the US-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) after monitoring websites, search engines and social media forums. It was reported that the NCMEC regularly shares the report with the NCRB of India with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which shares it with the cyber police of all states.
The reports contain information about the IP addresses and locations where pornographic materials are used and based on this, the cyber police then trace the accused. According to the police, Maharashtra Cyber launched ‘Operation Blackface’ in 2019-20 to crack down on child pornography in the state. Out of 11,122 ‘tipline reports’, maximum 5,699 reports were sent to Pune, followed by 4,496 to Mumbai, 364 to Thane, 302 to Nagpur and 90 to Aurangabad and others.
Based on these reports, Nagpur Police has registered the maximum number of crimes in Maharashtra, 38, the official said. Under Operation Blackface, Maharashtra Cyber is identifying districts from where child pornography related content is being circulated. At least 213 offenses have been registered and 105 people arrested under the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, Indian Penal Code and Information Technology (IT) Act in the last 18 months, police said. .
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