2day seminar on sexual exploitation of children to wage war against cyber
Kolkata: Inaugurating the two-day international seminar on sexual exploitation of children in the digital era, Ananya Chakraborty, chairperson, West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights said the conference would wage a war against cyber-crimes exploiting children.The programme was reflective of the commitment towards protection of children locally, nationally and internationally. She said there are 3.2 crore children in Bengal but there are no studies to show the exact extent of impact of commercial sexual exploitation of children online. She further said Bengal was proud to host the event. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe WBCPCR and International Justice Mission have been planning the event for a year. She is grateful to IJM for all their support and hope they partner in future as well to conduct more such programmes to protect the children. While addressing the gathering Moloy Ghatak, state minister for Law and Judiciary, congratulated the WBCPCR and IJM for hosting a one of a kind conference — the first time ever. He commended the efforts by the WBCPCR and IJM — especially before the guardians and protectors of children. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedJustice Girish Chandra Gupta, chairman CHRC said the Internet is of immense use and the question arises as to whether it is a boon or a threat to life and collective well being. Internet has offered unlimited opportunities for commerce, learning and expression. But technology has dark sides as well. Dangerous games such as the Blue Whale Challenge which children secretively play on online platforms pose a grave threat to life as found in the Supreme Court case Sneha Kalita v. UOI. He further said online abuse and harassment has become a common phenomena causing depression and increasing the drive in victims to commit suicide. Ajey Ranade, IG(I) CID said a new chapter in the history of Bengal has opened up. He claimed when the internet was not there, the impact of acts against children were limited.