In a blood-curdling development, a Tamil Nadu-based PhD scholar allegedly raped minors, recorded acts with them, and forced them to bring more girls to him by threats. The accused man, a PhD scholar, was arrested from Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur after CBI found heinous evidence against him. The 35-year-old accused had been indulging in shameful acts for the last four years, before being arrested.

Disturbing and triggering reports surfacing state that the accused forced two victims, a minor male and a minor female, to perform sexual acts, and recorded their videos and captured pictures. The accused was also found to have forced the two minors to perform sexual acts with other minors, and forced them to watch with another adult.

The accused was found to have been in habit of threatening the victims to share the pictures and videos on social media, and by such threats, asked them to bring other minor girls. The CBI had reportedly found Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) content from the Interpol’s Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database.

They carried out an analysis of the videos and images, and used sophisticated forensic tools to ascertain the accused’s location. The accused, who was found to be a PhD scholar, was traced to be in Thanjavur.

The Facts of the Matter

As Indian law-enforcement agencies continue to tackle the menace of child sexual abuse and child pornography in India, another hienous incident was reported from Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu, a 35-year-old PhD scholar was arrested for allegedly raping minors, recording their acts, and intimidating them to bring more minor girls for him.

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CBI Zeros-in on TN PhD Scholar

According to reports, the CBI found Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) images and videos from the Interpol database pertaining to Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE). The CBI then used its sophisticated digital forensic tools to trace the accused.

The accused was traced to Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district. After ascertaining the location, multiple teams conducted raids at the premises of the accused, and what followed, was the discovery of some blood-curdling and disturbing electronic evidence.

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Disturbing Evidences Found

In a news report, CBI was quoted saying, “It was alleged that the accused was sexually abusing a child for the last four years and he had captured nude videos/photographs of the minor kid which he had uploaded to his Google Account.”

“It was further alleged that the accused forced 02 minor victims (male and female) to perform penetrative sexual acts on them as well on other minor children, including a  minor victim girl; clicked photographs & recorded video; forced them to watch sexual acts with other adult person; threatened them to publish the pictures/video on social media and bring more minor girls,” CBI added

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CBI’s Fight Against CSAM

On September 24, 2022, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) initiated Operation Megh Chakra, a nationwide crackdown against the sharing and dissemination of child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

The operation involved searches at 56 locations throughout India, spanning Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and other regions. As part of the operation, electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops belonging to suspects were confiscated, resulting in the discovery of a substantial amount of child pornography material.

Currently, 50 suspects are being interrogated regarding the identities of the child victims and abusers.

in 2021, the CBI also launched a similar operation named Operation Carbon, which resulted in raids at 76 locations across 13 states and 1 Union Territory, leading to the filing of 24 cases against more than 80 individuals.


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