The Rise Of Revenge Porn In India

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6:41 pm 29 Jul, 2015


Revenge porn cases have seen a steady rise in India. Revenge porn is when an ex-lover makes public explicit photos/videos that were taken/made during the course of a relationship. It is a way to harass, intimidate, shame, and even drive the other party to try to commit suicide.

Last year, a 22-year-old girl from Udupi, Karnataka, discovered that her ex-boyfriend had posted intimate pictures of her on social media and porn sites.

 

 

Instead of cowering in silence, the girl filed a complaint and the boy was arrested by the police. In April of this year, a man from Gujarat absconded after he was booked for posting compromising photos of his ex-girlfriend on social media sites. The ex-girlfriend was a teenager.

It has become very easy to attain explicit photos and videos as mobile phones cameras have gotten better. All it takes is one false move and someone noticing it.

 

 

When people are in relationships, there is an element of trust in the other person, but after a relationship is over, that trust can be viciously broken. One advice we can give people is: simply don’t do it. The risks are too high and one photo/video can have a serious impact on your life.

However, with the rise of revenge porn, it is obvious that couples continue to share intimate content with each other. Can we then look to the law to protect people?

 

 

One thing we have to keep in mind is – this is happening on the internet. Once something is posted online, the chances of removing it completely are almost nil. The victim can file a defamation case under Section 500 of the IPC, or criminal intimidation (Sections 504 & 506).

The 2008 amendment to the IT Act provides punishment to whoever ‘knowingly captures, publishes or transmits the image of a private area of a person’ (Sec 66 E).

 

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Under Section 67 A, anyone publishing material which contains a sexually explicit act or conduct can be imprisoned for a term of up to 5 years and fined up to 10 lakh rupees. In addition the Copyright Act, 1957, can be used for certain cases though it is not a solid remedy.

On June 19, Google Search stated that they will honor requests of victims of revenge porn and remove the sexually explicit images from Google Search results.

 

 

Earlier in the year, social networking sites like Facebook, Reddit and Twitter had announced that they would ban revenge porn on their sites. This has come as a relief to many. According to a study, more men than women called out being shamed in this way.

The National Crimes Record Bureau data up to July 2014 showed a 63.7 percent rise in cyber crimes. Transmission of obscene content spiked up 104.2 percent from 2012 to 2013.

 

 

Countries like the US have seen 21 states outlawing revenge porn while 17 states are in the process of legislation. A non-profit organization Cyber Civil Rights Initiative is pushing to have national uniform legislation on the matter. But India has a long way to go to catch up.

Until then, be careful. Your loved one today could turn out to be the biggest a**hole you ever met tomorrow.

 

 

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