The cyber crime cases in the city have doubled in the last one year, with more victims coming forward and lodging a case. According to the statistics, the number of cases that have been registered with the cyber crime wing has doubled, from 27 between January and July 2010, to 54 in the same period this year.
The police and cyber crime experts attribute this to the rising awareness among Mumbaiites about cyber crime, and also their willingness to come forward and lodge a complaint.
"People didn't know that if they had received a threatening message or an e-mail containing obscene photographs, they could lodge a case and bring the accused to book. People associate cases of threatening only when extortion calls are made," said an officer from the cyber police.
Senior inspector N More from cyber crime police station said the rise can also be attributed to the rising Internet literacy. However, cyber crime experts still believe the number of cases registered in such cases is comparatively low. "In India, only 5% of cyber crimes are reported. People are opening up. If they have suffered, they know they can lodge a case," said cyber crime expert Vijay Mukhi.