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Cyber world, too, is unsafe for people from northeast in Delhi

Jatin Anand, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 11, 2014
First Published: 01:04 IST(11/5/2014) | Last Updated: 01:10 IST(11/5/2014)

The streets of Delhi have a reputation of being dangerous for people hailing from the northeast; but the one place where hundreds of students and professionals from the seven states seem to be most vulnerable at, is the internet.

According to Delhi Police statistics, between February 13 and May 09 there were around 252 complaints about various incidents of crime in which people from northeast were victimised. The maximum among these pertained to cyber crime.

These cases too, according to senior police officers, shows Delhi Police’s incapability to maintain law and order on the worldwide web.

“Over the last 86 days, 252 complaints - or an average of three complaints per day - were registered by us,” said a senior police officer. “As many as 78 of these were in relation to cyber stalking or the uploading of morphed pictures on social networking websites,” the officer added.

When it came to other crimes on the list, cyber crime was followed by 70 cases alleging molestation and 63 cases alleging threats or reporting instances of quarrels among major classifications of the complaints.

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“Out of the total number of 252 cases registered, 78 are being investigated by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) which handles cases of cyber crime,” the officer said.

Posh south Delhi localities, however, remain the most unsafe of Delhi’s police districts with 83 cases of crime against people from northeast having been registered followed by the northwest district where 19 cases were registered.
 
“The trouble with complaints of cyber crime is due to the fact that the servers hosting websites where these take place are based in the US and some in Europe,” an officer admitted.

“So while we are putting in place a mechanism to deal with crimes against people from the northeast in a fast-track manner, non-cooperation from these IT companies and a toothless Information Technology (IT) Act make dealing with complaints of cyber crime considerably difficult,” the officer added.


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