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Delhi cops seek expert help to block cyber-broadcast

Having learnt a lesson from the audacity of BBC, which broadcast the controversial documentary on Nirbhaya gang-rape case three days before its scheduled time, Delhi Police has now put in place a technical defence shield to counter the problem in the cyberspace. Delhi Police plans to approach the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) to block the controversial documentary or for that matter, any other documentary, which the government doesn’t deem fit for broadcast, said a senior Delhi Police official on Thursday.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, under the Department of Information Technology of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, works to enhance the security of India’s communications and information infrastructure through proactive action and effective collaboration, informed the  senior official. Despite severe protests in India, BBC went ahead and broadcast the documentary on Wednesday night in UK.

According to media reports, BBC had earlier planned to broadcast the documentary on March 8 — International Women’s Day. The problems for the police did not stop there and it soon emerged that someone also uploaded the documentary on Youtube, which went viral within a couple of hours.

On Thursday morning, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said that the main concern of Delhi Police in this case is to ensure that the documentary is not broadcast and disseminated in the country and efforts are being made to block it on certain websites.

“Fact of the matter is that any assertion which transgresses the penal laws of the country should not be broadcast and disseminated. We will take further steps to stop its further dissemination to portals. Whatever is being required in this case is being done,” Bassi added.

On Wednesday, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police informed that they had applied in
the court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate seeking restraining order from publishing, transmitting, uploading or broadcasting the interview, and the court also issued directions that the said interview shall not be uploaded, transmitted or published through any web portal or print or any other media till further orders. On Tuesday, Delhi Police had filed an FIR against unknown persons in connection with this case.

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