OCSAE: On-line Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Unit set up by CBI

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has set up an On-line Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (OCSAE) Prevention/Investigation Unit at New Delhi under its Special Crime Zone to tackle the menace of child porn on the internet. This step has been taken after Germany Police provided information about 7 Indian Nationals involved in International Child pornography.

About OCSAE Prevention/Investigation Unit

This newly specialized Unit of CBI will collect, collate and disseminate information regarding creation, collection, publication, transmission, browsing, downloading, promoting, distribution of information relating to On-line Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation as well as investigation of such offences.

The investigation of such offences covered under provisions of Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1860, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 and Information Technology (IT) Act 2000 and under various Laws of the land, as applicable. The territorial jurisdiction of this unit of CBI will be throughout India.

Need: The rapid growth of Internet and Information & Communication tools over past two decades has created unparalleled opportunities for children and adults alike to learn and explore world around them. Although these technologies are found everywhere, spread through every aspect of our lives personal, professional, individual and social but they have simultaneously created new dimensions, wherein the sexual exploitation of children can multiply, if unchecked. Thereby, Children, every day, all around the world are prone to suffer On-line sexual abuse and exploitation.

INTERPOL and other National / International Organization also disseminate numerous references related to CSAM (Child Sexual Abuse Material) globally to concerned authorities. This is because the incidence of On-Line CSAM generally transcends International borders and the victims are mostly helpless innocent children.

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