National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO) launched

Two separate portals Cyber Crime Prevention Against Women and Children (CCPWC)  and National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO) to strengthen Women Safety were launched on September 20, 2018. The two portals launched are part of efforts in the direction of strengthening security of women and children.  

Cyber Crime Prevention Against Women and Children (CCPWC) 

  • The portal “cybercrime.gov.in”, which was launched by the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, will receive complaints from citizens on objectionable online content related to child pornography, child sexual abuse material, sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape.
  • The Cyber Crime Prevention Against Women and Children (CCPWC) portal is convenient and user friendly that will enable complainants in reporting cases without disclosing their identity.
  • This will not only aid the  victims/complainants but also help the civil society organizations  and  responsible citizens  to anonymously  report complaints pertaining to child pornography, child sexual abuse material or sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape.
  • Complainants can also upload the objectionable content and URL to assist in the investigation by the State Police.
  • The complaints registered through this portal will be handled by police authorities of respective State/UTs. There are other features such as a victim or complainant can track his/her report by opting for “ report and track” option using his/her mobile number.

The National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO)

  • The National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO), which is accessible only to law enforcement agencies, will assist in effectively tracking and investigating cases of sexual offences. It was also launched by the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh.
  • The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) will proactively identify such objectionable content and take up with intermediaries for its removal. For this NCRB  has already been notified  as the Government of India agency  to issue notices under Section 79(3)b of IT Act.
  • It is a central database of “sexual offenders” in the country which will be maintained by the NCRB for regular monitoring and tracking by the State Police.
  • The database is accessible only to the law enforcement agencies for investigation and monitoring purpose. The database will include offenders convicted under charges of rape, gang rape, POCSO and eve teasing.
  • At present the database contains 4.4 lakh entries.
  • The State Police have been requested to regularly update the database from 2005 onwards. The database includes name, address, photograph and fingerprint details for each entry. However, the database will not compromise any individual’s privacy. 

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