Safeguarding the Vulnerable: Strengthening Legal Frameworks to Mitigate the Menace of Child Pornography in India

  • Dr Anila V Menon and Mohammed Mansoor Azher
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  • Dr Anila V Menon

    Associate Professor at Sultan Ul Uloom College of Law, Hyderabad, India

  • Mohammed Mansoor Azher

    LL.M. student at Sultan Ul Uloom College of Law, Hyderabad, India

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Child pornography is a deeply disturbing and unlawful menace globally and India also is not immune to this deplorable crime. Several factors are linked to the involvement of adults in child pornography. These individuals possess a significant sexual attraction to children across various age ranges. Notably, a considerable number of offenders perceive this attraction as a form of “love” for children. Surprisingly, the majority of them fail to comprehend why society does not accept or understand this affection towards children. The surge in child pornography is based on diverse and complex reasons such as societal, technological, economic, and cultural factors. It is imperative to adopt a comprehensive strategy and ensure that all stakeholders like the precise core verticals of the Government Bodies, Law Enforcement teams, the relevant NGOs, various Communities’ leaders and respectable individuals from the society to effectively address this issue. This study delves into potential causes including advancements in technology, proliferation of online platforms, inadequate awareness, economic influences, weak legal enforcement, cultural norms, transnational networks, psychological elements, and more. As aforementioned, to counter the escalation of child pornography, it is extremely important to adopt a comprehensive approach, entailing legal revisions, widespread public awareness initiatives, educational programs, robust support systems for victims, integration of advanced technologies, and collaboration on an international level. We need an ongoing strengthening of International and domestic legal frameworks and a well supported mechanism. internationally. In a country like India the vital aspects of the said strategy must encompass establishing clear and inclusive definitions of child pornography, providing comprehensive support to victims, and consistently monitoring and evaluating the legal structure.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 417 - 425


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