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‘Obscene content’: NPCR complains to IT min against Ullu app

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The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (

NCPCR

) has urged the government to investigate and take necessary action against the

Ullu App

. The allegation is that the app is disseminating obscene and objectionable material to its subscribers.
In a letter to the Ministry of Electronics and Information, the NCPCR requested information regarding the regulations and policy certification governing such apps.

The NCPCR, established under Section 3 of the Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005, is a statutory body responsible for safeguarding child rights and related matters in the country. It also monitors the effective implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, and the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 20091.
‘Ullu app shows obscene content targeted at school children’
According to the NCPCR, the Ullu App, available on both Google Play Store and iOS mobile platforms, contains highly objectionable content that is accessible to subscribers, including children. Surprisingly, the app lacks any Know Your Customer (KYC) requirement for downloading or viewing its content within private groups1.

The NCPCR alleges that the app specifically targets school children with explicit sexual scenes and plotlines. Screenshots from one of the shows depict sexual intercourse between school children, as highlighted by the complainant. The complaint, which is self-explanatory, emphasizes that these applications lack age verification systems, allowing explicit content to be easily accessible to minors. Such accessibility is a direct violation of Section 11 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 20121.
Given the gravity of the situation, the NCPCR recommends that appropriate action be taken against the Ullu App, Google Play Store, and iOS in accordance with the law.

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