Beware Revenge Cyber Crime! #AAH
“Revenge pornography is the distribution of sexually explicit images or videos of individuals without their consent. The sexually explicit images or video may be made by a partner in an intimate relationship with the knowledge and consent of the subject, or it may be made without their knowledge. The possession of the material may be used by the perpetrators to blackmail the subjects into performing other sex acts, to coerce them into continuing the relationship, to punish them for ending the relationship, or to silence them.”
Generally, revenge pornography is associated only with females but this is not the truth even means as well as other genders are also victims of revenge pornography.
When someone’s nudes or semi-nude’s photos or videos are uploaded on internet/social media without the consent of that person it is known as revenge pornography. One may do this for several reasons such as force them to get involved in any sexual activity, or maybe to continue any kind of relationship, or to punish them in this way for many reasons. Revenge pornography is a type of cyber-crime it is a sub-type of cyber stalking.
This kind of work can be done by the person to whom the victim has send their personal photos or by the hacker. In such cases hacker hack the personal device and get access to all the personal stuff in the cell phone. Sometimes it is done to get some money form the victim or in some situation it is done to upload such video/photo on social media. It is also done to blackmail a person for getting physical or fulfilling monetary requirements. It is also a type of domestic violence.
There are various reasons behind revenge pornography such as:
- The person or hacker wants money from the victim that’s why he is blackmailing the victim. Or by releasing the personal video or photos he will get money from the website.
- In many cases this is done by the person whose girlfriend have dump him. Many boys do it as a revenge. Or to do show off in front of other people.
- It is also done to defame the character of a person.
- It is done for destroying the career of the competitor by leaking their videos for examples photos and videos of many politicians, social workers, businessman or people from any other profession are leaked to show the negative image of the person which eventually destroys their career.
Revenge Pornography Protection Under Indian Law
- Revenge pornography is a crime it is punished by both imprisonment and fine.
- Section 500: Defaming the concerned persons
- Section 504: Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace
- Section 506: Punishment for criminal intimidation
- Section 509: Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman
- Section 354: Outraging the modesty of a woman
- Section 354A: Sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment
- Section 354C : Voyeurism
- Section 354D: Stalking
This can be a very traumatic experience for the victim as there is huge societal shame associated with it. There is fear of being shamed in front of immediate family too. This often leads to blackmail where a victim is silenced into actions against their will or even ransom is demanded.
Let’s learn how to fight revenge pornography.
Firstly, never ever store intimate of compromising pictures/ video on any tech device or cloud. Any such data can fall into the hands of hackers. Prevention in better than cure. Therefore, first step to fight revenge pornography is to avoid storing such data on devices.
Secondly, even if you took such pictures when you were in a relationship giving your consent, please remember that you didn’t give consent to electronically distribute it. Any person indulging in such an act is an offender who should be punished.
While we know that its extremely stressful to fight revenge pornography, if you don’t fight it, the same offender will get emboldened and threaten more people leading to dangerous outcomes. You need to take a loved one into confidence, report to the police. It’s the offender who has breached your trust, you did nothing wrong. Stand up & fight revenge pornography. We are here to help you.
Stay Aware, Stay Safe!
Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!
PS- we have compiled several of these tips from experts/ orgs on the internet.
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