Keralites in social media groups with Pakistani admins sharing child pornography
Thiruvananthapuram: Keralites have been found to be part of certain social media groups, with Pakistani admins, sharing child pornographic pictures. This was revealed during the special investigation conducted by the state police with the help of Interpol, carried out in an effort to tackle child sexual exploitation. These groups with a lot of Keralites has over 5 lakh members in it. The state police has handed over the details regarding these groups to the Interpol.
‘Counter Child Exploitation’ team, formed by the state police chief, had conducted a detailed investigation on the matter. The investigation was done with the help and cooperation of social media platforms such as Telegram, Facebook and Interpol's International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. These groups which are active in Telegram hides the numbers of their members and administrators.
As part of operation P- Hunt, a lot of groups sharing and posting child pornography, were identified. Out of the 126 members identified from Kerala, 12 were arrested by a special group headed by ADGP Manoj Abraham the other day.
Ever since the special group was formed by the state police to tackle child sexual exploitation, 58 cases were registered and 38 arrests have been made. As per law, watching or sharing of child pornography is an offence that is punishable with imprisonment of 5 years and fine upto Rs 10 lakhs.
Details handed over to Interpol
It has been found that certain Telegram groups, with Pakistani administrators and Keralite members, are widely sharing child pornographic pictures. Such groups are being observed closely. The details of these groups have been handed over to Interpol, in order to tackle and take action against them. -Manoj Abraham, ADGP