Online Child Sexual Abuse in an Pandemic - India on High Alert

Online Child Sexual Abuse in an Pandemic - India on High Alert

The incidence of online child sexual abuse and exploitation (OCSAE) has increased worldwide since the epidemic began. India is responding to this threat in many ways, but more concrete steps need to be taken.

Since the beginning of 2020, an increasing number of children have been spending more time on the Internet due to lockdowns and school closures due to epidemics. As observed by UNICEF, the increase in children’s screen time has threatened their online safety and increased the likelihood of exposure to harmful behaviors and content.