Indian Government initiative to tackle online child sex abuse.

The Indian government has set up an alliance of government agencies, NGOs and welfare organisations to work together to target the practice of child abuse including online child sex abuse.

The Ministry of Women and Child development has begun a national consultative process to address the issue of online child (sex) abuse by examining the legal frameworks, policies and national strategies concerning child protection and rights in India. The alliance cited the advent and growth in use of digital technology as a major factor in the increase of child sex abuse.

“Online child abuse and exploitation amplify existing forms of offline bullying, stalking and harassment. It also facilitates the sexual exploitation of children through the production and dissemination of child sexual abuse materials and by facilitating the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. Online abuse knows no national boundaries,” the Ministry stated.

The alliance intends to adopt a multi-layered approach to tackling this issue including launching a national campaign of awareness-raising among parents, teachers and other organisations and setting up a hotline for reporting child abuse.

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