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My 'Making India Awesome' the pill India needs: Chetan Bhagat

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Chetan Bhagat has played the role of a dancer, banker, script writer and motivational speaker, but donning the hat of a politician isn't on his wish list. With eight books and five films in his kitty since he burst into the literary scene in 2004, he now believes that he has a pill to solve India's woes with his Making India Awesome latest work. Offering practica...

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Ex-Vatican envoy dead ahead of abuse trial

Vatican City, Aug 28 (IANS) A former archbishop and Vatican envoy to the Dominican Republic died on Friday before he could be tried for child sex offences, an official statement said. Jozef Wesolowski, 66, would have been the first high-ranking church official to be tried on paedophile charges. He was accused of possession of child pornography and sexually abusing children during his tim...

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Indian government becoming extremely intolerant: Author Wendy Doniger

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Author Wendy Doniger is back with The Mare's Trap which revisits the Kamasutra. Doniger, an American scholar, is no stranger to controversies. Her previous book, Hindus - An Alternative History ran into rough weather last year over its alleged misrepresentation of Hindus. Eyebrows were also raised over the publisher Penguin India's decision to withdraw and pulp the book a...

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More child abuse cases surface in Pakistan

Islamabad, Aug 14 (IANS) Three more cases of child sexual abuse related to the massive pornography scandal in Pakistan's Punjab province have surfaced, a media report said. Five suspects were arrested in connection with two of the cases, Dawn reported on Thursday. Police on Thursday claimed to have arrested three suspects involved in the making of a video, where a child was sexua...

16 days ago
Probe into Pakistan child pornography racket gets underway

Islamabad, Aug 13 (IANS) A joint investigation team (JIT) on Thursday started a probe into a massive child pornography racket in Pakistan's Punjab province, a media report said. Initial investigation into the scandal, termed the biggest in the country's history, revealed that around 400 videos were made of 280 victims over the last 10 years by an organised gang of over 25 criminals in Ka...

18 days ago
Facebook, Google, Twitter join hands against child porn

New York, Aug 11 (IANS) Silicon Valley giants Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Twitter are working with Britain's Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to implement a new system that will help detect and block images of child pornography online. IWF, a charitable foundation, has introduced a new technology that enables it to tag images of sexual abuse with distinct hashes -- sort of code...

18 days ago
Probe into Pakistan child porn scandal by JIT

Islamabad, Aug 11 (IANS) A joint investigation team (JIT) was formed on Tuesday to probe a massive child pornography scandal in Pakistan's Punjab province, media reports said. Reports of a 25-member gang of paedophiles making and selling videos of child sexual abuse in Punjab province's Ganda Singh Wala area for the last 10 years surfaced on Saturday. Investigations into the mass...

18 days ago
Pakistan MPs seek harshest punishment for child abusers

Islamabad, Aug 11 (IANS) The National Assembly of Pakistan has passed a unanimous resolution seeking the harshest possible punishment for the child pornography culprits, the media reported on Tuesday. Members of the lower house of parliament expressed solidarity with the victimised children and their parents. Reports of a 25-member gang of paedophiles, making and selling videos ...

18 days ago
Pakistan's child pornography case horrific: Daily

Islamabad, Aug 11 (IANS) The child pornography case in Pakistan is horrific, said a leading Pakistani daily which demanded action against not only of those who perpetrated these ghastly acts but also those who illustrated how access to justice in this country is leveraged on influence and connections. From a trickle to a flood, the horrific details of the child pornography case in Husain...

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Experts doubt technical feasibility of child porn ban

New Delhi/Bengaluru, Aug 10 (IANS) Even as the government told the Supreme Court on Monday that it was against child pornography and was committed to curbing such abuse on the internet, experts feel it will be technically challenging, if not difficult, to block it altogether. The government's intention to ban child pornography is good. But not feasible. It is technically difficult. It sh...

19 days ago
Pakistan PM vows to punish child abuse culprits

Islamabad, Aug 10 (IANS) Following a nationwide outrage on the recently unearthed child pornography scandal, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has vowed exemplary punishment for those guilty, a media report said on Monday. A gang of 20 to 25 men had allegedly filmed as many as 400 videos of sexual abuse involving at least 280 children in Kasur district of Punjab province, The Express ...

19 days ago
Want to ban child pornography: Government to SC

New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) The government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it wanted to ban child pornography websites, but expressed its inability to go beyond that and don the role of moral police. Addressing the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that the state cannot be present in every household to check what people ...

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Escort services' websites tough to shut down: Goa CM

Panaji, Aug 8 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parseskar said on Saturday it is difficult to shut down the websites of escort services because they are hosted on servers outside the country. The escort services' websites are hosted outside India. They project themselves as genuine escort service providers and lure customers in person for sexual gratification, Parsekar said in a writte...

24 days ago
Porn ban: Team 'Katti Batti' says futile exercise

Mumbai, Aug 5 (IANS) Bollywood stars Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan, who play the lead in Nikhil Advani's upcoming romantic comedy Katti Batti, say banning pornography was a futile exercise at best as people who want to watch it will watch it. Imran Khan, who will be back on the silver screen after a long gap, chuckled at the situation this ban will create. Banning pornography is ...

24 days ago
Government should withdraw vague order on porn sites: ISPs

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) Even as the government has said Internet Service Providers were free not to block any of the 857 websites suspected for pornographic content unless they were abusive of children, the industry body of the ISPs said on Wednesday that the directive was vague and unimplementable. The Internet Service Providers Association of Inda (ISPAI) has urged the government to wi...

24 days ago
Government shouldn't play nannies to us: Kabir Khan

Mumbai, Aug 5 (IANS) In the wake of a ban on 857 pornographic websites in India, Bollywood director Kabir Khan has said that the government shouldn't exercise a blanket ban on such things since adults know where to draw the limits. I just feel that the government shouldn't play nannies to all of us...we're all grown up individuals. One is not saying that everything about porn is right, i...

25 days ago
Service providers asked to review 857 porn sites

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) The government on Tuesday asked the internet service providers (ISP) to review the ban on 857 websites, which were blocked as pornography sites and lift the ban on non-porn ones. The government has asked the ISPs to go through the 857 sites again as the government has received complaints that some of the sites which are banned are of non-pornographic nature, an of...

25 days ago
Banning porn won't work, sex education will: Experts

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Terming the government's crackdown on 857 pornographic websites an act in haste, the country's top sex and behavioural experts have favoured making sex education mandatory for young Indian teenagers so that crimes like rape or child molestation can be efficiently curbed. According to them, a crackdown is not the solution as adults have a right to watch porn in the...

26 days ago
Porn websites not difficult to access, despite ban: Experts

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) With the central government banning some of the pornographic websites, experts believe that accessing the blocked stuff on the Internet, is not difficult as many free proxy and virtual private network (VPN) services make it available for the eager user. The ministry of communications and information and technology, in its order of July 31 under section 79(3)(b) of...

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Vatican sex abuse trial halted

Vatican City, July 11 (IANS) The trial of a former archbishop charged with child sex offences was adjourned on Saturday after the defendant fell ill hours before he was due to appear in court at the Vatican. Jozef Wesolowski, 66, is accused of paying for sex with children in the Dominican Republic from 2008-2013. He is being treated in intensive care for an unspecified illness, B...

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