Bhubaneswar: As many as 31 objectionable videos have been made viral on social networking sites from the State during the last three months Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik informed Odisha Legislative Assembly on Monday.
Besides, 124 cybercrime cases were reported in the last three months, Naveen said while replying to a question by Congress MLA Bhujabal Majhi during Assembly session.
In the wake of obscene videos made viral on social media platforms with an intention to harass, blackmail and to defame individuals, DGP Dr RP Sharma had directed all the district Superintendents of Police (SPs) for taking stringent legal action against such elements.
Accordingly, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for investigation of objectionable viral pictures, videos in various social networking platforms was issued to all the District SPs and twin city DCPs.
Advisory against transmission of obscene viral pictures, videos in various social networking platforms was issued to all District SPs, educational institutions and general public to create awareness in the society especially among youth for not taking and circulating any objectionable viral pictures, videos in any of the social networking platform.
Besides, electronic, print and web personnel are requested through this advisory not to publish or circulate any objectionable viral pictures and videos and also not to disclose the identity of the victim person and family.
Notably, in 2014, 10 cases were registered in which 10 persons were arrested. Similarly, in 2015, 42 cases were registered in which 25 persons were arrested. In 2016, in the 40 cases registered, 32 persons were arrested. In 2017 (up to September 30) as many as 93 cases were registered, in which 62 persons were arrested.
The DGP had 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.
However, many such videos from Bhubaneswar, Koraput, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Bhadrak were made viral after issue of the advisory.
Winner of a reality show, which was telecasted in one of the Odia channels in 2016, was the recent victim whose sex video had gone viral on April 9.