The internet has its uses, but when it comes to sexual offences, it can be a potent adversary too.

Priti Patnaik, who runs the non-governmental organisation Prerna, said technology — like the internet and smartphones — are fast becoming a major part of our lives and per se, was not a bad thing. However, the scope for misuse, particularly through platforms like Facebook and Instagram, was huge. Twice a year, Prerna invites recommendations from children at its shelter on the facilities they would provide had they been running one.

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