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Online sexual grooming, luring girls with modus operandi, cyber sexual crimes: Should be taken serious and monitored!

May 18, 2017

Online sexual grooming, luring girls with modus operandi, cyber sexual crimes: Should be taken serious and monitored!

Internet grooming

Ibrahim posing as “Siva” developed Fracebook friendship with a 13-year school girl: Accepting what seemed like an innocuous Facebook friend request ended up in a nightmare for a a 13-year-old girl from Tirupur, as the friendly stranger turned out to be a sexual predator, facebook friend for just few months, who ensnared the young teen and raped her. A 22-year-old man and a lodge manager were arrested on 01-05-2017 Monday on charges of raping a 13-year-old 8th standard schoolgirl. The man, who befriended the girl from Tirupur on Facebook, took her to Puducherry, raped her and abandoned her in a lodge. Later, the lodge manager also raped her. The arrested persons were identified as S Ibrahim, 22, of Pichampalayampudur in Tirupur and E Prabhakaran, 29, of Puducherry[1]. Police said Ibrahim was working in a textile unit in Tirupur and Prabhakaran had taken a lodge on lease more than six months ago[2].

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The girl eloped with Ibrahim as he talked so sweetly: Lured by the 21-year-old youth’s sweet-talk, the teenager ran away with him to Chennai and then to Puducherry, where she was sexually abused for two days[3]. It is ridiculous that that the 13-year girl could be so bold enough to elope with a stranger from Tirupr to Chennai to Puducherry and accepted to stay in lodge. The girl’s harrowing tale came to light on April 29, 2017 when she reached Tirupur two days after she went missing and narrated her ordeal to her parents[4]. On April 27, the girl’s parents lodged a complaint with the Tirupur North police claiming their 13-year-old daughter had gone missing. But, what the parents were doing about her activities with phone, facebook friendship, strange behaviour and other activities. They must have watched her. Even as the sleuths were trying to trace her whereabouts, she returned on her own two days later. What the girl had to tell about the two days away from home swung the city police into action, leading to the arrest of a 21-year-old youth from Chennai and a 27-year-old man from Puducherry. Police said the girl became friends with Siva (21) on Facebook recently. Over time, Siva talked her into eloping with him and on April 27, he reached Tirupur. The girl gave her family members the slip and eloped with Siva to Chennai. After a brief stay there, Siva took her to a lodge in neighbouring Puducherry, where he allegedly raped her for two days. Ironically, though TOI mentions his name as Ibrahim, Indian Express does not, perhaps on the principles of “Secular journalism”!

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The lover sold her gold chain and vanished: Later, Siva sold her gold chain weighing one sovereign, gave her the return fare to Tirupur and vanished. Really, it is interesting and intriguing to note as to how the girl could giv her chain also to the crook after all these happenings. Ibrahm should be interrogated thoroughly and his modus operandi should be ex;posed, so that the girls could be safe. Finding the girl all alone, lodge owner Prabakaran (27) befriended the girl under the guise of helping her reach Tirupur. After realising what had happened, Prabakaran too allegedly sexually abused her[5]. The girl managed to escape from the lodge and reach Tirupur with the money Siva had left her. After hearing her tale, a team of sleuths traced Siva to Chennai and arrested him on 01-05-2017 (Monday) on charges of kidnapping and raping a minor girl[6]. Another team nabbed Prabakaran from his lodge in Puducherry. Both the accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). After all these happenings, the media started disciurse on “online sexual grooming” and so on!

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Online sexual grooming – definition and so on![7]: Child grooming is generally understood as the practice of befriending and forming an emotional bond with a child by a person with the objective of sexual abuse. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word ‘grooming’ was first used in connection with a paedophile in a 1985 story by Chicago Tribune which stated, “These ‘friendly molesters’ become acquainted with their targeted victim, gaining their trust while secretly grooming the child as a sexual partner.” Child grooming incidents have increased with the advent of the internet, where such incidents are increasingly taking place online, through public chatrooms and social media. In India too, such instances have been reported in the past[8].

  1. Last year, two teenagers were arrested in Kolkata for kidnapping and rape of a 15-year-old girl whom they had befriended on Facebook.
  2. Another instance of online grooming was reported in December 2016 where a teenage girl was raped by a Facebook friend in Mumbai.
  3. More recently, in January 2017, a minor girl in Cuttack alleged rape by a boy whom she had met through a social networking site.

With the proliferation of smartphone users in India, child grooming incidents can only be expected to rise in future.

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Tulir’s discourse on Online sexual grooming[9]: As usual after some days, the analysis comes  in this way: “This is a classic case of sexual grooming,” says Vidya Reddy, of Tulir, Centre for Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse. “Abusers study a situation carefully to understand what a child’s Achilles heel is and then exploit the situation. Now, with almost every child having accesses to technology and internet in the form of a laptop or phone, these criminals have found new platforms to target children,” she adds. What Vidya explains is called online sexual grooming, a worldwide phenomenon, that has spread along with the speed and easy access to the internet. According to UNICEF, it can be defined as preparing a child or adult for sexual abuse, exploitation or ideological manipulation. A report released by the organisation in 2014 states that the surge in mobile and internet usage in India had brought 400 million people online. Of this, seven percent of internet users in the country are reportedly children. “Phones are now an extension of our hands and it has completely changed the way crime is committed and presented,” Vidya notes. Even a report of the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology in 2014 recognized the threat posed to children by predatory paedophiles online. It emphasises how these predators “conceal their true identity whilst using the internet to ‘groom’ potential victims for sexual purposes.”

From home to horror[10]: The girl, Meena [name changed] too was unaware about the identity of the person she was chatting with. In fact, an officer told The News Minute, that it was only when Ibrahim called her on the phone that she even realised she had compromised all her data to an unknown man. But Ibrahim, as the police put it, was too smart for the girl. “He spoke to her very nicely and formed an emotional connect before she even realised the dangers of the situation,” a police officer told The News Minute. “He was just somebody who did odd jobs for a living but his real life was on Facebook. He has close to 5000 friends and they are all young girls,” she admits.

What parents and others should do?: As the issue has bee n so simple and as well as complicated in modern times, the following are suggested,  though, the modern ones might object on the grounds of “moral-policing” and so on:

  1. In schoools, moral education classes should be introduced naking them understand, realize and appreciate the moral values of family, parents, relations, respect to elders and connected issues.
  2. Of course, parents and elders should set example to their children, boys and girls and others.
  3. The studying teenage boys and girls should concentrate in studies and not in love, love-making, sex related topics.
  4. The cinema, TV, print and electronic media and connected persons should have some sort of “Social respinsibility” in their presentation of ads, news, serials etc.
  5. They should avoid negative suggestion, instread, present wth positive asppects giving good examples.
  6. Definitely, parents should watch the activities of their children, boys and girls carefully.
  7. Their extra-cautious activities should be monitored with the time-spending, money-requirement and spening, goingout on various pretexts etc.
  8. That teens from slums could kidnap and enjoy life with rich girls, autowalas, coolies and others also could join sucg fray to get girls just by wearing jeans, riding a bike, and such other iditic myths should not be promoted.
  9. The cine songs, depiction etc, should have some decency and decorum, instead of portraying the dancing actresses as whores, or they would go with anybody and indulge in sex immediately.
  10. The law enforcing auhtorities can monitor all these activities.

© Vedaprakash

18-05-2017

[1] Times of India, Girl raped by Facebook ‘friend’, lodge manager in Puducherry, TNN | Updated: May 3, 2017, 06.50 AM IST

[2] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/girl-raped-by-facebook-friend-lodge-manager-in-puducherry/articleshow/58487399.cms

[3] Onmanorama, Minor girl elopes with FB friend, only to be abused by him, Wednesday 03 May 2017 08:54 PM IST, byOur Correspondent.

http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/nation/2017/05/03/chennai-girl-elopes-with-fb-friend-abused.html

[4] http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/nation/2017/05/03/chennai-girl-elopes-with-fb-friend-abused.html

[5] Indian Express, Facebook friend rapes 13-year-old after luring her from Tirupur to Chennai,

By Vignesh A, Express News Service, Published: 02nd May 2017 09:58 PM, Last Updated: 02nd May 2017 09:58 PM.

[6] http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2017/may/02/facebook-friend-rapes-13-year-old-after-luring-her-from-tirupur-to-chennai-1600249.html

[7] Firstpost, Child grooming: India must take measures to protect children from online sexual abuses, Devika Agarwal, May, 11 2017 21:59:53 IST

[8] http://www.firstpost.com/india/child-grooming-india-must-take-measures-to-protect-children-from-online-sexual-abuse-3438528.html

[9] TheNewsMinute, A 13-year-old’s rape in TN highlights the major threat online sexual groomih poses to children, Priyanka Thirumurthy, Saturday, May 06, 2017 – 11:45

[10] http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/13-year-old-s-rape-tn-highlights-major-threat-online-sexual-grooming-poses-children-61591

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