Adhoc Committee of the Rajya made 40 recommendations to prevent sexual abuse of children

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News: Adhoc Committee of the Rajya instituted by Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu has made 40 f recommendations to prevent sexual abuse of children and to contain access to and transmission of child pornography content on the social media.

Facts:

Recommendations:

Legislative TechnologyInstitutionalSocial and EducationalState-level Implementation
clause to be inserted in the POCSO Act, 2012 under which advocating or counselling sexual activities with a person under the age of 18 years is an offenceLaw enforcement agencies be permitted to brake end to end encryption to trace distributors of child pornographyupgraded and technologically empowered National Commission for Protection of Child Rightscampaigns for greater awareness among parents to recognize early signs of child abuse, online risks and improving online safety for their childEach State and UT shall have empowered State Commission for the Protection for Child Rights
National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal to be designated as the national portal for reporting any electronic matters under POCSOBlockchain analysis companies to trace identities of users engaging in crypto currency transactions to purchase child pornography onlineNational Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shall mandatorily record and report annually cases of child pornography E-safety Commissioners be appointed at state level
Punitive measures for access, produce or transmit Child Sexual Abuse Material(CSAM)separate adult section for on-streaming platforms   

Additional Information:

Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act:

  • Enacted in 2012, to protect the children from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography.
  • Provides for gender neutral application of stringent punishment, including death penalty, for aggravated penetrative sexual assault of children.
  •  Provides for levy of fines and imprisonment of up to 5years to curb child pornography.