CBI books man for selling child sexual abuse material through messaging app

The team recovered the mobile phone used for spreading and selling child sexual abuse material and sent it for forensic examination.

Published: 23rd October 2020 05:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2020 05:57 PM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: The CBI has booked a person for allegedly selling child sexual abuse material for Rs 250 per customer through messaging application Telegram, officials said on Friday.

The special unit of the CBI on "Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention/ Investigation" carried out searches at the premises of the accused in Delhi.

The team recovered the mobile phone used for spreading and selling child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and sent it for forensic examination.

The accused had created three accounts and 20 groups on messaging application Telegram for marketing and selling such material.

"It was also alleged that in response to the advertisement and after bargaining with customers, the accused received payments via Paytm and Google Pay, etc.

On receipt of payments, the accused allegedly shared the links of various groups and channels of Telegram, in which objectionable material including CSAM, was being shared with members," CBI spokesperson RK Gaur said.

The accused allegedly sold obscene videos and photos, including CSAM, for an amount of Rs 250 per customer who would be added into these groups and channels, he said.

The CBI shares only skeletal details of cases pertaining to child sexual abuse.


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  • Frank Sterle Jr.

    “It has been said that if child abuse and neglect were to disappear today, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual would shrink to the size of a pamphlet in two generations, and the prisons would empty. Or, as Bernie Siegel, MD, puts it, quite simply, after half a century of practicing medicine, ‘I have become convinced that our number-one public health problem is our childhood’.” (Childhood Disrupted, pg.228). Unhindered abuse and neglect typically launches a helpless child towards an adolescence and adulthood in which their brain uncontrollably releases potentially damaging levels of inflammation-promoting stress hormones and chemicals, even in non-stressful daily routines. And, of course, a life of dysfunctionality and crime, even suicide, can more easily ensue. Also, society generally treats human procreative rights as though we’ll somehow be innately inclined to sufficiently understand and appropriately nurture our children’s naturally developing minds and needs. Many people, including child development academics, would say that we owe our future generations of children a psychologically sound as well as a physically healthy future, especially considering the very troubled world into which they never asked to enter.
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