The Supreme Court of India has questioned Google on whether something can be done to deal with the uploading of obscene content, such as videos with sexual violence, on YouTube. As Google argues, there is no legal obligation on it to discover and monitor such illegal content.
Firstpost followed up on an investigation by Al Jazeera to track down on sale of rape videos in Uttar Pradesh, and followed up on the response by the govt.
In a very welcome move, the Supreme Court of India is acting against the publication and dissemination of rape videos. This step was taken after the NGO Prajwala wrote to the Chief Justice of India, seeking action against the posting of such videos.
A man from Saharanpur in Western UP admitted that he buys "pornography" from nearby villages. That is how he classifies these rape videos which he collects on his laptop,
The law enforcement and justice machinery needs to be sensitive about the brutality it inflicts on not just the victim's body but also her mind and psyche. So, the need is to inspire confidence that the victim's dignity will not be dented because she takes the courage to speak out.
Rape videos can be classified into a subsect of 'revenge porn' — where sexually explicit photos/videos are circulated to get back at someone, or worse 'punish' them.
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Information Technology Ministry to respond on how to block videos of rape cases.
Supreme Court took strong exception to alleged inaction by the Centre for over 20 days on a complaint relating to posting of two rape videos on WhatsApp and asked the CBI to catch the person who first uploaded them.