Legal and Social problem – rape games invading market

Now, rape games invading market. Themes include Bondage, Torture!

What about our culture, tradition, values, Morals, ethics ?
Chennai: If you are worried about the effect of violent computer games on your child, here’s a shocker: sex games with graphic visuals, including those which test the player’s raping skills, are making their way here, mostly from Japan.
Rapelay, a 3D game created by a Japanese firm, Illusion, with a storyline prodding the player to rape a woman and her two teen aged daughters in a moving train, a park and a restroom, is among the hot picks in the grey market.

A source involved in direct marketing of foreign goods with suppliers in Chennai’s Parrys and Burma Bazaar markets told TOI that he sold 20 copies of Replay last week to customers who had placed orders in advance and that 50 more copies are expected in a fortnight. The game is available in grey markets in other metros too including Palika Bazaar in Delhi, he added.

Legal issue : The authorities appear to be either oblivious to the danger or just helpless. The central crime branch police said it has not come across such games during its raids. The Computer Emergency Reaction Team (Cert-In) of the IT ministry, which has the mandate to ensure cyber safety, says its focus is elsewhere. our primary job is to prevent cyber crimes that threaten the national security. When such offensive websites are hosted in other countries, there is little we can do, says CERT-In senior director B J Srinath.

This puts the onus on families to install parental control software to block access to such sites from computers and playstations, say counselors.
We have not come across any such game CDs during our raids, says C Sridhar, superintendent of police, central crime branch. What he does not say is that the police, while seizing CDs of rated movies and porn films, seldom look for game CDs.

Cyber Society of India, which works in the area of internet security is also yet to study the matter in detail. We are an NGO with no criminal jurisdiction. We mostly deal with online credit card frauds and cyber crime, but now we think we need to look at online safety from the angle of such offensive games too, In fact this was in the agenda of a meeting of the society on October 23, says society secretary V Rajendran, who adds that the new IT Act which came into effect on October 27 has empowered the Computer Emergency Reaction Team, India(Cert-In) under the IT ministry to monitor and block offensive content.

However, Cert-In says it does not have the resources to monitor and block the scores of websites that offer rape and other violent games, only if there is a specific complaint about, say child pornography, can we step in. We are aware of websites with violent sex as content accessible from India, but it is technically unfeasible to block all these sites.”

When the servers of these websites are situated outside the country, we cannot do much. Pursuing cases against offenders is also a long-winding process.

Social issue : That puts the onus on parents, says Bhavani K Raman, founder of an online community of mothers that discusses internet safety. Parents must be aware that many phones and gaming consoles like PSP and play stations have built-in wireless access. So it is wise to install parental control software to restrict access. The control software allows you to block certain sites or make only some sites accessible for children and tells you the sites visited and the duration.

Another concern is about browsing centers making all kinds of websites accessible to children. Despite guidelines issued by the police, net cafe’s do not run an age check on visitors nor do they have fire walls. The most important thing, Raman says is to create awareness in the child. Talk to your child about the danger and downside of using these games and sites. An informed child is a safe Child.

My take on the subject :
In an era of advanced gadgets! Enormous social networking! through TV Channels/Internet/Newspapers/mobiles etc. etc. etc. It is a pity that our legal system is hopelessly lagging behind to tackle the severe problems with dire consequences faced by the Society. Immediate action on the part of the legislature and judiciary is expected! Everybody knows this but Belling the Cat Immediately is the need of the hour! My suggestion is to try any offence the entire procedure of trial may be cut short in a proper way. [ Immediate Amendment of C.P.C. & Cr.P.C. as regards – service of summons/notices and proof of evidence etc. ] We are still following old stonage procedures for trial even when the proof and proper evidence are available immediately before our eyes!

My friends, kindly do post your suggestions/comments. I plan to post the same for the concerned persons to take immediate and proper action. Hope our concern may work fast!

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