India must take lead in global battle against online child sexual abuse: Kailash Satyarthi

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NEW DELHI: Warning about the severe dangers of online child pornography and sexual abuse acquiring epidemic proportions globally and India as one of countries to be the worst affected in the years to come, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Thursday called for a legally binding UN convention to crackdown on the menace.
Satyarthi said that, he would be reaching out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge that India must take the lead in paving the way for a UN convention to fight against online child pornography and abuse ranging from trafficking, slavery and even indoctrination of young minds towards extremism.
While welcoming the recent amendment to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act to include a definition of child pornography and introduction of stringent penalties, Satyarthi said, “This is a very good beginning but the problem can only be tackled if countries come together to build deterrence by way of a central monitoring mechanism to act against the perpetrators. Data service providers need to be held accountable.”
On the way forward, Satyarthi said he is planning to seek an appointment with PM Narendra Modi to discuss these pressing concerns. He also plans to raise with the government, the demand for extending the Right to Education Act up to class 12 to ensure every child completes school. “Like Swachh Bharat and digital India we need a campaign on the lines that promises a safe childhood for a safe India,” Satyarthi added. He was speaking to TOI, on the sidelines of a programme held to mark five years of being awarded the Nobel peace prize.
On the recent reports related to detention of minors in Kashmir and the findings of the juvenile justice committee of the J&K high court, Satyarthi refused to make any direct comment simply saying that “let us see…now that restrictions on public movement are being eased and and even tourists will be allowed to travel, the situation will get clear on ground realities.”
However, he asserted that “Just as I am concerned for children in other parts of India, I worry for our Kashmiri children too the same way. They of course, need more attention and the government must focus on investing more in their well being.”

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