It is observed that now-a-days, many young people get involved in taking pictures / videos by mobile phones and other electronic gadgets and make it viral in social media platforms to grab attention and popularity. Sometimes, some individuals take the videos of private moments of some people and make them viral with an intention to harass / blackmail and harm the reputation of victimised persons in the society. Dr. R.P.Sharma, IPS, DGP has viewed it seriously and instructed all SsP to monitor it personally for taking stringent legal actions against such elements. Accordingly
Standard Operating procedure for “Investigation of objectionable viral pictures / videos in various Social Networking platforms” has been issued to all District SsP / DCP, Bhubaneswar & Cuttack, SRP Rourkela & Cuttack on 21st Nov 2017.
Advisory against transmission of objectionable viral pictures / videos in various social Networking Platforms has also been issued to all District SsP/ Educational Institutions and general public to create awareness in the society especially amongst youth for not taking & circulating any objectionable viral pictures / videos in any of the social networking platform.
So also, Media (Electronic / Print / Web) persons have been requested through this Advisory not to publish or circulate any objectionable viral pictures / videos in the print / electronic / web media and also not to disclose the identity of the victim person / family.
The status of cases registered against transmission of objectionable viral images/ video in the last four years is mentioned herewith for a comprehensive idea on the subject. In the year 2014, 10 cases were registered in which 7 persons were arrested. Similarly in 2015, 42 cases were registered in which 25 persons were arrested. In the year 2016, in the 40 cases registered, 32 persons were arrested. In the current year 2017 (up to 30th September) as many as 93 cases have been registered in which 62 persons have been arrested.
DGP has made it clear that there will be zero tolerance in such sensitive cases and the culprits will be booked under appropriate sections of IPC and Information Technology Act, 2000. DGP also reiterated that whenever any complaint is received by the police relating to objectionable viral pictures / videos, the same must be registered under relevant penal sections and the investigation shall be conducted by the officers of the rank of Inspector or above.