India will ban “naked” selfies in its schools, a move that could help it crack down on online sex offenders.
The government said it will ban the use of smartphones in schools, saying it was time to tackle the spread of sex crimes.
In the wake of the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student at a college in the southern city of Kolkata, the Indian government has been working to stamp out sexual violence.
The country’s education ministry said the decision to ban the selfie was taken at the recommendation of the ministry of home affairs, the country’s top law enforcement agency.
India’s chief education officer, M Venkatachalam, said selfie-taking was an important part of education and society.
“The selfie is a social tool that facilitates communication and communication skills,” Venkatampathy said.
“It enables us to make an impact on young people in our country and to help them reach their full potential.
The ministry said it would work to educate people on how to recognise sexual offences.
In an official statement, the education ministry called for “immediate and concerted action to tackle this problem”.
The statement did not offer details of the type of action the ministry was considering.
Earlier this year, the government also launched a “zero tolerance” campaign to crack down against sex offenders, who often use social media to post photos of themselves in compromising positions.