Aizawl: Mizoram police have arrested five persons across the state for the alleged transmission, storage, and viewing of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), police statment said today.
In a coordinated operation by the cybercrime cell and the crime branch, raids were conducted by Saitual and Lunglei district police.
The proactive monitoring of CyberSpace, a system that tracks illegal online content, put five persons on the police radar.
Police said three accused persons were detected from Aizawl by the team of Cyber Crime PS and one accused each from Saitual and Lunglei by Saitual and Lunglei Police Station respectively.
Their mobile phones have been seized for further investigation. Criminal cases have been registered against the accused in the concerned Police Stations and thorough investigation is being done, they said.
The identities of the accused persons were not disclosed.
Police statement said that CSAM is illegal, morally reprehensible, and causes immense harm to society.
“The distribution, possession, or creation of CSAM is a serious criminal offence with severe legal consequences, and its existence perpetuates the exploitation and trauma suffered by innocent children,” a police official said. He said that all citizens must cooperate to ensure zero exploitation of children.
“Parents, employers, the teaching community, and faith leaders are urged to help prevent the creation, transmission, and dissemination of CSAM as it leads to moral depravity and quite often leads to sexual abuse as well,” he said.