The Indian government is set to launch a crackdown on child games and other entertainment, after the Supreme Court on Monday ordered its National Electronics Policy Commission to formulate guidelines on banning such content.
The move comes as part of an ongoing national campaign to stamp out child exploitation and abuse, as well as bullying.
The court had earlier said it will not interfere in the implementation of the law.
In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Board of Secondary Education said it would regulate the sale of child pornography and other adult content in schools and universities, and ensure that child protection measures are in place.
The National Electronics policy commission will be tasked with the drafting of guidelines for regulating online content, according to a statement issued by the government.
“It is imperative that all parties, including the education authorities, take measures against child exploitation, bullying and harassment, and seek to prevent and prevent any forms of exploitation, including online,” the government said in the statement.
“It is a matter of grave concern that child exploitation can be carried out in the form of child pornography, while the law is not yet in place, that children can be exploited through child pornography without any consequences,” it added.
The Centre has already taken action against videos of minors being beaten and molested on the internet.
The government has also asked internet service providers to block such content, which the Supreme Courts ruling said was illegal under the Computer Crimes Act, but could be seen as a “harmless” matter by internet users.