Amritsar Consumes the Most Child Porn in India

Delhi ranks second

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The capital of Punjab consumes the largest amount of child pornographic material according to a report by the government. Amritsar shared 4.3 lakh “files of interest” (child pornography) between July 1, 2016, and January 15, 2017. Delhi, Lucknow, and Alappuzha are second, third, and fourth respectively. A government source tells Times of India that cities like Agra, Kanpur, Barrackpore, and Dimapur show “significant growth” and that they had not seen these places search for child sexual abuse material even six months ago.

Even watching child pornography is a non-bailable offence in India with up to 7 years imprisonment and a Rs 10 lakh fine. Since many of the servers are based abroad and consumers can mask their IP addresses using VPNs (Virtual Private Network) and browsers such as TOR, it is more difficult to prosecute.

A few days ago, US citizen James Kirk Jones, a linguistics expert based in Hyderabad was arrested for for circulating child pornography videos. He was arrested only after the Interpol tipped of the Telangana police based on the Jones’ location and IP address. The police found 29,288 photos and videos of child pornography in Jones’ possession.

According to the National Commission for Women, over 40% of children in the country are vulnerable to sexual abuse, especially girls. The National Crime Records Bureau had registered 1,540 cases of online child sexual abuse in 2015-16.  Delhi Commission of Protection of Child Rights says that the accused were convicted in only 25% of the cases.

In Navi Mumbai, sexual offences against children in Navi Mumbai had increased by almost 26% in 2016.