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SWACHH INTERNET: Porn Kingpin Arrested, BJP Govt Intensifies Hunt

internet-pornography-AFP1First Post by FP Staff  May 15, 2015 10:20 IST

In a new intensified effort by the Modi government to crack down on internet porn the CBI on Friday arrested an alleged porn kingpin from Bengaluru in connection with its probe into obscene MMS clips being circulated on social messaging platforms.

CBI sources said that the accused, Kaushik Kuonar was arrested during a search operation on Thursday evening as part of a probe which was undertaken upon directions from Supreme Court. Over 500 secretly shot porn clips of gullible girls in compromising positions were found by the agency during the search.

Supreme Court had taken suo-motu cognisance of a letter sent by a Hyderabad-based NGO to Chief Justice of India HL Dattu along with a pen drive containing nine clips.

The apex court had then ordered a CBI probe into the issue. However, in none of the cases was it clear as to what was the time and place of crime or the identity of the victim and offenders appearing in the video, thereby leaving the agency to hunt in dark.

The investigation

The agency used sophisticated forensic software to track the origins of these video messages which went viral on social messaging platform. Three of the nine clips given to the agency were traced to Kuonar. In connection with one clip, the agency has already arrested two persons from Odisha.

The sources said that during searches on Thursday, the CBI team was surprised to find high-end editing software, stealth cameras and other equipment which was allegedly being used for creating these videos.

They said the suspect belongs to a well-to-do family living in an affluent locality and he had allegedly made a career out of creating such titillating videos of girls which he posted on the Internet.

“Every click or every visit (to a webpage) for viewing these clips would apparently reward him with money,” an official told PTI while giving details of the initial questioning.

According to the CBI, Kaushik Kuonr was arrested for uploading three such videos on pornographic websites. “Kuonr was arrested from Bengaluru, and will be brought to Delhi on a transit remand. He had uploaded three of the videos on pornographic websites,” the sources. Besides this case, the agency has registered six FIRs of alleged gangrape and one FIR of rape while a Preliminary Enquiry has also been registered.

While the FIRs related to gangrape and rape, the agency has also invoked sections of abduction.

BJP govt crackdown

In August last year, the BJP govt began intensifying their efforts to crack down on porn related activities in India, calling the move ‘Swachh Internet.’ Telecom & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Although porn is legal in other countries, it needs to be viewed in the context of Indian culture and moral obligation towards society.”

The Supreme Court in March this year, slammed the home ministry for inaction despite an NGO bringing to its notice in February that two rape videos were being circulated and shared on WhatsApp. It further directed the CBI to trace the person who first uploaded the video. It also ordered the CBI to take the picture of the rapists from the video and get it published in newspapers so that they could be traced and brought to book. The court slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on Odisha government and Rs 25,000 on Telangana government for not responding to notices issued by it in the case.

The BJP has fully supported a move by the Supreme Court to ban porn. “Pornography is against the cultural values of the country and a solution needs to be chalked out to block such content,” Arvind Gupta, head of BJP’s IT cell, toldBusiness Insider.

Other instances

On 1 April, the CBI arrested Debashis Dev (30) in Cuttack on the charge of recording a video clip in which Sahu was said to be raping a woman, as reported by the Deccan Herald. fIn the clip, Subrat Sahu alias Kalia is seen engaging in a sexual act with an unidentified girl. A video clip of the act was recorded and disseminated without the girl’s consent,the Indian Express reported. He was arrested on 23 March from Bhubaneswar.

On 12 May, a 27-year-old man, in Andhra Pradesh, was arrested by cyber crime sleuths from Tamil Nadu police for creating pages on Facebook filled with child porn images.

(with PTI inputs)

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