Internet Crimes Against Minors and Legal Framework in India

AuthorGurmeet Kaur
Published date01 December 2022
Date01 December 2022
Subject MatterArticles
Internet Crimes
Against Minors and
Legal Framework
in India
Gurmeet Kaur1
Internet crimes against minors is a complex social emerging issue and a matter
of concern that needs more attention from the government law enforcement
agencies, legislators, parents, educators, intermediaries and over-the-top (OTT)
platforms due to the massive increase in the usage of internet and mobile com-
munication technologies. It is seen that relative ease in accessing media has led to
an increase in online crimes against teenagers/adolescents having varied dimen-
sions and impact on the victims. The study explores different forms of online
crimes faced by teenagers through various online platforms, the potential offend-
ers and the types of technologies deployed by them to commit crimes against
minors. The article focuses on analysing existing laws and policies in India to
combat cybercrimes against minors. Strategies for the prevention and protection
of children against child abuse and exploitation have also been discussed.
Internet crimes, child sexual abuse, cybercrimes, cyber law, cyberbullying
The internet and communication technologies today form the pillars of modern
social, economic, political and cultural transformation and can act as tools of
democratic renaissance, shaping lives of the people almost everyday. China has
934 million monthly internet users where India ranks second across the globe with
close to 687 million internet users and the United States ranks third with approxi-
mately 284 million monthly online users (Johnson, 2021a). The report on
Worldwide digital population shows that almost 4.66 billion people were active
Indian Journal of Public
68(4) 705–718, 2022
© 2022 IIPA
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DOI: 10.1177/00195561221091381
1 School of Law, IGNOU, New Delhi, India.
Corresponding author:
Gurmeet Kaur, Assistant professor, School of Law, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068, India.

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