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Online portals launched to fight crime against women

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To improve the women and child safety, two online portals were launched by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi. The portal “cybercrime.gov.in” will receive complaints from citizens on objectionable online content related to child pornography, child sexual abuse material, sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape.

Similarly, the National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO) will help in tracking and investigating cases of sexual offences. Till now this database was available for law enforcement agencies.

“The Government has taken several measures to check crime against Women and Children, including provision of stringent punishment and creation of modern forensics facilities to improve investigation, creation of the Women’s Safety Division in the Ministry of Home Affairs and launching of Safe City projects for Women’s Safety,” said Singh after launching the portal.

Also present on the occasion was Women & Child Development Minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi who urged the law enforcement agencies to pay special attention to the safety of children at shelter homes.

She urged the need for provision of forensic kits at police stations for quick investigation of sexual crimes. She also asked the police to take prompt action in cases where a husband abandons wife shortly after marriage.

The Cyber Crime Prevention Against Women and Children (CCPWC) portal has been made user friendly that will enable complainants in reporting cases without disclosing their identity.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) will proactively identify such objectionable content and take up with intermediaries for its removal.

The second portal unveiled by the Union Home Minister today relates to the National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO). It is a central database of “sexual offenders” in the country which will be maintained by the NCRB for regular monitoring and tracking by the State Police. The database will include offenders convicted under charges of rape, gang rape, POCSO and eve teasing. At present the database contains 4.4 lakh entries.

Ministry of Home Affairs has already released a grant of Rs. 94.5 crore to States/UTs for establishing cyber forensic-cum-training laboratories to strengthen cybercrime investigation and conduct training programmes to enhance capabilities of Police officers, public prosecutors and judicial officers.

Senior Officers from MHA, Ministry of Women & Child Development and senior police officials from States and UTs through video conference attended the meeting.

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