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Hypothetical Question: I am using an adult app (18+) for roleplaying. A girl from South Africa joined. She told her age is 14. I asked "wanna do roleplay?" She also kept her category in Roleplay. Then she said I'm underage you creep" and then closed the chat. We didn't say anything nor did we send any pictures. Is it illegal? Will I be jailed over just saying "wanna do roleplay". I am 19 year old.

Is this chatting with a minor is illegal?

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    Can you elaborate on what you mean by roleplaying? It has a number of contexts - some appropriate for children and some not.
    – Dale M
    Sep 16, 2022 at 8:41
  • We didnt exchange any other words,so i think there is no other context. And it is an adult app strictly for 18...will i go to jail for this overseas?
    – Mamma mia
    Sep 16, 2022 at 14:24
  • Another question is it serious crime?....i heard overseas cybercrime is not prosecuted generally unless it is very serious,is it true!
    – Mamma mia
    Sep 16, 2022 at 15:09
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    what does the app mean by role playing? Or, what app is it?
    – Dale M
    Sep 16, 2022 at 21:30
  • What's your location? It's possible you might be covered under "Romeo and Juliet" laws.
    – nick012000
    Sep 17, 2022 at 1:58

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Is this chatting with a minor is illegal?

Possibly, as a hypothetical1, under section 67, Information Technology Act 2000:

Whoever publishes or transmits or causes to be published or transmitted in the electronic form, any material which is lascivious or appeals to the prurient interest or if its effect is such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it, shall be punished on first conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years and with fine which may extend to five lakh rupees and in the event of second or subsequent conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years and also with fine which may extend to ten lakh rupees.

Whether the question "wanna do roleplay?" is enough - on its own - to demonstrate an offence has been committed will depend on the court...

...having regard to all relevant circumstances...

1But if all that was said and done is as per the OP, it's highly unlikely this would go anywhere near the court in real life, especially as de minimis non curat lex.

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    Thanks for your answers. My friends got relieved. Yeah this is the only conversation they had. They didnot exchange any words more than this.
    – Mamma mia
    Sep 17, 2022 at 14:12

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