Why do people watch child porn and how is it a concern?

It is by law that viewing, creating, and possessing child pornography content (imagery or video) has been prohibited however still, a 95% traffic rise was observed in online child porn (Reference: Page 11, ‘Online child porn traffic rises by 95%‘, 14 April 2020, The Hindu).

It is under Section 14 of the POCSO Act, 2012 that, whoever uses a child or children for pornographic purposes shall be punished with imprisonment of either description which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine. The Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 also carries numerous provisions to deal with prevailing cyber crimes.

Former, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in his speech in the lower house of Parliament on 5th Feb 2020, termed pornography, especially child pornography as a ‘serious menace’ and stated that the incidents of revenge pornography are rising in the country.

The reason for watching child porn could be to feel a sense of dominating power toward your intimate partner. Another reason could be to relish the tenderness and innocence of the opposite sex. Those individuals who fail to get an adult partner may seek a child as a sexual object which could also be termed as a socio-psychological issue.

Child pornography is an unhealthy element of power relations therefore, should be dealt with seriously by detecting and prosecuting cyber child pornographers as it promotes sexual violence towards children and further normalization of sexual violence. Artificial intelligence can be best leveraged in this regard to ban webpages containing such content and keywords like, child porn, sexy child, child sex, etc.

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