New Delhi: To track down the origin of purported rape videos on social media, CBI has written to Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and Google seeking their help to nail the culprits who uploaded them on YouTube and WhatsApp.



CBI sources said on Thursday that the agency took the decision while probing nine videos depicting sexual violence which have been handed over by the Supreme Court for probe.

The sources said that the picture quality of some of the videos, which appear to be three to five years old, is too poor to identify the alleged offenders.

They said the agency has also referred the videos to CFSL to extract all the available clues from them which could help to decipher the cases.

Besides CERT-In, Google is tracking the origin of these videos, the agency has also asked the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to appoint a nodal officer to help it.

The Supreme Court had taken suo-motu cognisance of a letter written by Hyderabad-based NGO to Chief Justice of India HK Dattu.

The NGO has also annexed nine videos of separate sexual offences being circulated on social media in a pen drive. The apex court had ordered CBI to start probe in the cases.

CBI sources said the agency had on Tuesday arrested property dealer Subrat Sahu alias Kalia from Bhubaneswar who has purportedly figured in one of the nine video clips handed over to the agency for probe by the apex court.

The sources said CBI has registered case on charges of common intention, propagating obscene material and assault to woman with intent to outrage her modesty under provisions of Indian Penal Code besides provisions of Information Technology Act related to violation of privacy and publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form.

Besides this case, the agency has registered six FIRs of alleged gang-rape and one FIR of rape while a Preliminary Enquiry has also been registered. The FIRs related to gang-rape and rape, the agency has also invoked sections of abduction.


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CBI seeks help of Google, CERT-In, IT Ministry to track rape videos