all Ministries to set up special cells on women’s issues-Maneka Gandhi


New Delhi,

A one-of-a-kind round table was held today with various stakeholders under the chairpersonship of Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister of Women and Child Development to discuss the issue of cyber crime against women and children, particularly the elimination of online child sexual abuse material, rape imagery and other offensive material.  The digital space is being increasingly used to perpetuate violence against women and children.

During the course of the discussions various Government stakeholders, industry bodies, Internet Service Providers Association of India along with social media agencies participated.The issue of data security was deliberated on by Data Security Council of India. Civil society was also represented.

It was decided at the round table that the following actions will be taken within the next 3 months:

  • Build an international alliance to ensure full protection to women and children from the borderless nature of cyber crime.
  • Development of an online Central Reporting Mechanism for lodging and escalating complaints of cyber crime from anywhere anytime.
  • Making a mechanism for real time removal/blocking of offensive material online.