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5 arrested for sharing child pornography through WhatsApp

Five persons have been detained in the Thane district for allegedly watching and circulating child pornography through WhatsApp, the police today said. A case has been registered under the relevant sections of the Information Technology Act at Navghar police station, said Additional Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni.

The detained persons — three of whom are under 18 — were allegedly part of some WhatsApp groups where videos clips of child pornography were shared and downloaded, he said. Police were looking for administrators of these groups, he said.

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The probe began when parents of one of the youths detained in the case saw him watching porn clips on his mobile phone, and approached police. A local police official said the video clips appeared to be mostly of foreign origin.

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