Online sexual harassment is not new, but the current Covid-19 pandemic has increased this crime. Schools are closed so more children are spending their time online, criminals are taking this opportunity to exploit children.
There have been several incidents where school girls have committed suicide. They were the victim of online harassment. Perpetrators made fake photos and videos by ‘super editing’ and blackmailed them. Even close relatives didn’t believe that those were fake videos. Police have filed cases under the pornography act. But valuable lives are already lost.
A recent study by Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) has revealed that 30 percent of children have been harassed online during the pandemic. 52.25 percent of those are girl. Harassment include sharing personal and sensitive information of children, sexual harassment, immoral proposal, blackmailing, bullying, and showing sexual imagery.
Sociology and criminology experts have expressed concern that online harassment has increased to an alarming level. We are going towards a catastrophe unless we don’t take action immediately.
As police and other law enforcement agencies are failing to take adequate action, experts have advised parents to monitor their children’s online activities. They are urging parents to spend quality time with their children. Buying a smartphone to kids without proper supervision can be counteractive.