By Arpita Biswas
In 2015, the NGO Prajwala sent the Supreme Court a letter raising concerns about videos of sexual violence being distributed on the internet. Over the years, an expert committee was established, which has recommended auto-blocking select search terms and setting up online portals to register complaints against sexual abuse material, amongst others.
Our coverage on the matter can be found here
The matter was heard today by a bench comprising of Justice Lokur and Justice Lalit.
Following from previous hearings, where the setting up of the ‘online cyber crime reporting portals’ was discussed, the petitioners have asked for 4 months time to train officers in charge of such portals.
Further, on certain proposals, petitioners and respondents disagreed on what could be administered and what was technically feasible. The respondents further stated that the technology was not available to implement certain proposals.
The order passed today can be found here
. The next hearing is scheduled for the 16th of April, 2018.
Arpita Biswas is a Programme Officer at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi