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Revenge Porn on the Rise: The Alarming Reality of Intimate Image Leaks in India

Revenge porn in India: A pervasive problem highlighted by increasing cases and experiences of victims.


Revenge porn has become a major concern in India, with numerous cases reported across the country in recent years. The act of sharing sexually explicit images or videos without the consent of the person depicted, usually as a form of revenge, has become a common occurrence in today's digital age.


The latest case of revenge porn came to light when a student from Mumbai filed a complaint against her ex-boyfriend for threatening to share her intimate photos and videos on social media. The woman had shared the pictures and videos with him during their relationship, but after their breakup, he threatened to make them public if she did not get back together with him. When she refused, he continued threatening her, which caused significant distress and trauma to the woman.


Payal Malhotra, a victim of revenge porn, shared her harrowing experience of the trauma and humiliation she faced when her ex-partner threatened to leak her intimate images and videos online without her consent. In her interview, Payal explained that the incident not only violated her privacy but also led to immense mental agony, social isolation, and harassment. Payal described how the incident shattered her life and left her feeling violated and exposed.


After the incident, Payal took legal action and filed a complaint with the police. She also approached a cybercrime expert who helped her get the explicit images and videos removed from circulation. She urged other victims to speak up and report such incidents to the authorities, as this was the only way to hold perpetrators accountable and prevent such incidents from happening to others.

This incident is just one of many that highlight the prevalence of revenge porn in India. According to a report by the Cyber Peace Foundation, there has been a 10-fold increase in such cases in India over the past few years, with women being the primary targets.


In an interview with the SP of Gamdevi Police Station, Mr. Gavat, he expressed his concern about the growing number of cases related to revenge porn and the leaking of intimate content reported by women of all age groups. He stated that the number of cases has been alarmingly increasing since 2010, indicating the need for immediate action to address the issue. The rise in such cases is attributed to the increasing use of technology and social media, which has made it easier for perpetrators to access and distribute explicit content. The authorities need to take swift action to address this problem and provide adequate support to victims.


The Indian government has taken steps to address the problem of revenge porn, with the Ministry of Women and Child Development launching a national campaign to raise awareness about the issue. The campaign, which includes social media outreach, workshops, and other initiatives, aims to educate young people and parents about the dangers of sharing explicit imagery and provide them with tools to protect themselves.


Despite these efforts, however, revenge porn remains a pervasive problem in India. Many victims are reluctant to come forward, either out of fear or shame, and the lack of reporting can make it difficult for law enforcement agencies to identify and apprehend perpetrators.


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