Dhaka - Bangladesh police on Wednesday requested the government shut 84 websites carrying nude photographs and sexually explicit video clips, some of them posted without knowledge of the people depicted.
Police said a female university student had recently attempted to commit suicide after nude video clips of her were uploaded to one of the websites. Other women have abandoned their studies after photographs of them were posted, said Mohammad Nazrul Islam, the assistant inspector general of police.
'We have requested the government to shut these websites because they horrified social lives of many Bangladeshi young boys and girls as their nude photographs and X-rated video clips were put up without permission,' Nazrul told the German Press Agency dpa.
A two-year investigation showed that the images and clips had been uploaded from outside Bangladesh. Some photographs of Bangladeshi women and girls - including models and other celebrities - had been modified and edited to make them vulgar, Nazrul said.
Such websites are illegal under Bangladeshi law, he said. But taking legal action against companies hosting the websites is difficult and time consuming, as many are run from abroad.
'In this circumstance, we requested the home ministry to take measures through Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Authority to shut those sites,' said Nazrul.