Mumbai: High Court asks I&B Ministry to investigate media report about software converting women photos into nudes

Mumbai : Women are falling prey to sexual abuses on social media. Meanwhile, unidentified cyber crimes have introduced Artificial Intelligence (AI) software, which converts the photographs of women into nude photos. A cyber research agency has released a report in this regard on Tuesday. It has been stated in the report that one lakh women have been targeted so far. After this news of ‘Hindustan Times’ came out, Bombay High Court has sought information from the government.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday has sought more information from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on reports that change the picture of women to news. The court sought information citing HT’s report and said, “In danger of new online abuses, AI software is changing pictures of women to nude”.
The court, while hearing various public interest petitions related to alleged media trials by electronic media in the late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case, expressed concern about the danger posed in the report and directed Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh from the ministry. The bench said during the hearing, “Can you know from the ministry what has been reported in the print media… We want you to investigate the report. Please seek information from the ministry.”

SG said that he had read the report and talked to the authorities concerned. Singh said that there are provisions in sections 69A and 79 (3) (b) of the Information Technology Act, under which action can be taken. In response, the Chief Justice said, “This matter is very serious and you (Ministry) have to take steps.”
The SG assured the Bench that the Ministry would soon take steps on the matter. While talking to HT, ASG said that the newspaper should be praised as it is doing its work honestly by reporting on issues that affect the common man.
What has been revealed in the report?
The report says that several important facts have emerged in our investigation. About 103852 women have fallen victim to it by July 2020, in which their nude photos were shared publicly. Their numbers have increased at the rate of 198 percent in the last three months. At present, most of the approximately 104000 users are women from Russia. According to the report, the software first allows the person to upload a picture of the woman and then removes her clothes. This software is available for free, but then the watermark will appear in it, but if the user buys the software for about 100 rupees then the watermark can disappear.

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