NCW Chair to take up issue of sexual harassment ‘prank videos’ with YouTube

Bengaluru: The(NCW) Chairpersontweeted on Wednesday that she will take up the issue ofshowing women getting sexually harassed with.

Sharma’s tweet was a response to a tweet by Youth Against Rape, who posted a compilation of videos of popular YouTube videos showing Indian women get sexually harassed.

Will take it up with @YouTube

— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha)

“Guess what’s the new trend? Sexual abuse in the name of pranks! The easiest way to invade consent and earn money on YouTube is by starting a prank channel! It’s the most viewed content by Indians!” the account tweeted.

Prank videos of Indian women being forcibly kissed, hugged, lifted, and rolled in public and private places are extremely popular on Youtube, often getting millions of views. The issue has been red-flagged for several years now.

“We consistently remove content that violates our Community Guidelines. For example, per our violent or graphic content policy, we remove content involving sexual or physical attacks. We also have strict policies prohibiting harassment on YouTube and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies,” said YouTube spokesperson in an email.

Last month, Mumbai Police said that cybercrime cases includinghave been increasing.

In one such case, a 29-year-old man was arrested for making ‘inappropriate videos’ under the pretext of making harmless pranks on YouTube and Facebook, recently. The police added that 17 such channels from Facebook and YouTube earned Rs 2 crore using the videos.