The Supreme Court on Monday asks Facebook, WhatsApp to take action against rape videos

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According to reports, The Supreme Court on Monday asked the major social networking sites like Facebook, WhatsApp and search engines like Google and Yahoo to take major steps to prevent sharing sexual videos.

A bench of justices MB Lokur and UU Lalit issued notices to the social networking sites and search engine in context to ask how such violated content can be prevented and seeking for their reply on the petition by January 9.

The Apex Court had requested that the CBI examine the matter after a PIL by a social activist, which asked for the impartial inquiry by a Federal agency into more than 200 rape videos sent by victims.

If reports are to be believed, the areas which are worst affected includes Gurugram and Bulandshahr has seen gigantic cases of molestation and sexual offense cases.

Advocate Aparna Bhatt, who is appearing for petitioner, NGO Prajwala said, that rape videos are shot and posted on social networking sites and the internet companies should take steps to curb such cybercrimes.

Solicitor-General Maninder Singh who is representing the centre said, “It will tarnish the image of a person, if he is acquitted in the sexual offence case”

According to sources, “As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data there is a sharp rise in cases of sexual violence against children”.

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