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Rajya Sabha panel proposes new measures to tackle online child porn

A Rajya Sabha panel of MPs led by Jairam Ramesh has submitted its recommendations to curb online child porn, The Economic Times reported. The 14-member ad hoc panel, which was formed by Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu last month, has suggested establishing a "dedicated mechanism" to limit online sexual crimes and changing the definition of “child pornography” under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, among other recommendations. The committee was formed in December 2019 after the Parliament was informed of cases of child pornography and online sexual exploitation of children, said The Economic Times. The task of the group was to prepare an "informal report" about issues related to the distribution of pornographic content online, reported the Hindu. Some other suggestions reportedly include: Adding “advocating or counselling sexual activity” to a minor as an offense under POCSO. The current…

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