What happened in Chandigarh University in the past shook the whole country. The girls who were already feeling insecure were shocked when it came to know that a girl living in their hostel was making viral videos of them while taking a bath. This also worried his parents. There was a lot of ruckus on social media which has not stopped yet. While the students of the university also took to the streets and protested a lot. The latest update of this case is that the accused have been arrested and a team has been constituted for investigation.
One of the accused is a student and the other is her boyfriend. A case has been registered against them under Section 354C of the Indian Penal Code and the IT Act. In such a situation, it is important for us to know what are the laws and rights for the aggrieved party in our country in the case of making objectionable videos. Section 354C is imposed against a woman when she outrages the modesty of a woman or does any such objectionable act against her by which she is seriously hurt. It has been classified as a very serious offence. Under this law, the punishment ranges from 1 year to 5 years. Along with this there is also a fine. This is a crime which is not worth compromising on.
Though there are several sections in the IT Act, some of them are directly applicable in such cases. In which the police have the right to intervene and take action.
Which are the streams?
Section 66E - Provision for punishment for breach of privacy
Section 67 - Provisions related to publication of objectionable information
Section 67A - Provision for punishment for sexual intercourse or publishing or transmitting obscene information through electronic means
Section 67B - Publishing or transmitting by electronic means such objectionable material in which children are shown in an obscene state
Section 72A - Provision relating to breach of your trust and privacy
Women become victims on a large scale
Many women become victims in the case of making obscene videos viral. Many times they are caught in the false trap of love and their obscene pictures or videos are taken, which are made viral on social media, and sometimes pictures and videos are taken without informing them. Most of the cases are of spy camera. They are installed in bathrooms or hotel rooms. Due to which women do not even notice and videos are recorded. Which are later made viral. There are many cases when the normal picture itself is morphed and made viral. They are blackmailed through these videos. Women do not tell about this to their family and friends out of fear of respect. But she can deal with such cases with the help of the rights given under the law.
What are women's rights-
1. Prohibition of indecent representation of women Act 1986
If the picture of a woman is edited and made viral by making obscene, then action is taken against the accused under Section 6 of this Act.
2. IT Act 2000
Taking, sending or publishing photographs of anyone without informing them is an offense under section 66A of the IT Act. in which punitive action is taken. In this, the guilty gets a jail term of 3 years and a fine of one lakh rupees. On the other hand, if obscene material of a woman is sent through social media, then section 67 applies. A case has also been registered under this section in the Chandigarh University case.
3. Indian Penal Code, 1860
If a woman is forced to have a physical relationship on the basis of her pornographic picture or video, then a case of physical abuse is registered. In which action is taken under section 354 (A) of IPC. Anyone found guilty in the case gets a jail term of 3 years, fine or both.
If a picture is taken of a woman in a bath, changing clothes or in a nude condition, then this criminal activity comes under the category of section 354C. A case has also been registered under this in the Chandigarh case. If found guilty, the offender can be jailed for up to 5 years and fined.
If private photographs of a woman are taken with her consent, but they are publicized without permission, then it will also be considered a crime. Punitive action will be taken against the accused.
4. POCSO Act, 2012
If such an offense is committed with a girl below the age of 18 years, then a case is registered under the POCSO Act. Child pornography provisions are also extremely strict.
How to avoid such crimes?
The most important thing for women is to be alert
Tell family and friends if someone makes such threats
stay away from online dating apps
don't chat obscenely with anyone
Don't let anyone take your private pictures
Check spy cameras before you stay in public places like hotels
If this crime happens to women, then they can go to the police station and register an AFI. It will be kept confidential. No one can reveal the name or identity of the victim woman. Neither the media can reveal the identity of the victim nor can the police do so.
How can I complain?
First gather the necessary evidence.
Accumulate number, Facebook ID, WhatsApp number, screenshots, collect these information as much as possible. If you can record audio and video, save that too.
Screenshots of the accused's messages, emails, WhatsApp and Facebook chats can also be great evidence.
The government has set up a cyber cell to deal with cyber crimes.