Pimpri Chinchwad Police have filed two complaints against seven different internet users for downloading child pornography or child sexual exploitation material online.
Both cases were registered as a result of “course of action reports” generated from an agreement between the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of India and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), based in the United States.
NCMEC generates a “report report” after receiving a report of content related to child pornography or child sexual exploitation, verifies it and determines the possible location of the suspect. The report is made available to the relevant law enforcement agency in the country, which in the case of India is the NCRB. The NCRB forwards this information to state law enforcement authorities.
It was on the basis of seven such ‘Tipline reports’ that Pimpri Chinchwad Police recorded two separate offenses at Wakad and Chinchwad Police Stations on Wednesday. In the case registered at Wakad Police Station, two users who posted child pornography or child sexual exploitation content in May and June 2021 were arrested. In the offense recorded at Chinchwad Police Station, five users who posted such content between August 2020 and August 2021 were arrested.
In both cases, police invoked the Information Technology Act 2000 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act 2012. Police have also launched an investigation into the mobile phone numbers, email addresses and social media accounts used by the offenders to upload the material. In most of these cases, the content was uploaded to social media websites.
Since 2019, thousands of “Tipline Reports” have been generated on child pornography or child sexual exploitation content uploaded from India. Once police stations receive the reports, they are registered as FIRs and investigated. Maharashtra Cyber, the cybercrime and cybersecurity wing of the state police, is the nodal agency for such cases in the state.