Union Home Minister launches two portals to strengthen Women Safety

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on launched two portals to strengthen women safety in the country.

  • Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) portal to check objectionable online content.
  • National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO) to aid in monitoring & investigation of sexual crimes.

The portal 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.

The portal is convenient and user-friendly that will enable complainants in reporting cases without disclosing their identity. This will not only aid the victims/complainants but also help the civil society organizations and responsible citizens to anonymously report complaints pertaining to child pornography, child sexual abuse material or sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape.

Complainants can also upload the objectionable content and URL to assist in the investigation by the State Police. The complaints registered through this portal will be handled by police authorities of respective State/UTs. There are other features such as a victim or complainant can track his/her report by opting for “report and track” option using his/her mobile number.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) will proactively identify such objectionable content and take up with intermediaries for its removal. For this NCRB has already been notified as the Government of India agency to issue notices under Section 79(3)b of IT Act.

The National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO), which is accessible only to law enforcement agencies, will assist in effectively tracking and investigating cases of sexual offenses.

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 is accessible only to the law enforcement agencies for investigation and monitoring purpose.

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.

The State Police have been requested to regularly update the database from 2005 onwards. The database includes the name, address, photograph and fingerprint details for each entry. However, the database will not compromise an individual’s privacy.

The two portals launched are part of efforts in the direction of strengthening the security of women and children. However, the field level challenges have to be overcome by the Police at the ground level to ensure speedy justice to the victims. The security agencies should fully utilize the potential of the two portals and update the database regularly for greater effectiveness.

There is also need for timebound completion of investigation in sexual crimes to instill deterrence among potential offenders.

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