Child porn FIRs rise 2,417% in year of spl op, lockdown
The Times of India Mumbai|October 11, 2020
As many as 151 FIRs for child pornography were registered and 48 persons arrested from January to September by 39 cyber police stations across the state as part of Operation Black Face launched this year to take action against paedophilia.
V Narayan
Mumbai

The cases in the first nine months of the year, of which six were spent under the Covid-19 lockdown, accounted for a rise of 2,417% over the six child pornography FIRs lodged in the state in 2019 before Black Face was initiated.

The state cyber cell received 3,168 tiplines, cyber police parlance for tip-offs about child sexual content uploaded on social media. After verifying these, 151were converted into FIRs.

The report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that the number of child pornography cases rose 600% in 2019 over the zero cases in 2018 in the state.

The report says that for the 2017-2019 period the state ranked fifth in terms of child pornography cases, with Kerala on top at 45 cases and Madhya Pradesh at 33 cases.

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