The policemen from the Cyber Cell of the Mumbai Crime Branch have turned teachers these days, their students being the public prosecutors of the Mumbai courts.
The Cyber Cell police said they are helping public prosecutors acquire knowledge about cyber crimes as well as the Information Technology Act as not many prosecutors are familiar with the Act.
“We are working with them to help them better understand the act, so that it becomes easier for them to present the case before the court during trial,” Senior Inspector of Cyber Cell, Mukund Pawar told Hindustan Times.
He said the training session is for six days and as of now it is being conducted for prosecutors from various courts in Mumbai. “We plan to teach the Navi Mumbai and Thane prosecutors as well,” Pawar said.
Sources said the training sessions are being conducted at the Worli Police Station and Cyber Cell policemen as well as the cyber crime experts are conducting the classes jointly.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said the training will help police co-ordinate better with prosecutors.
“Cyber crime is challenging and constantly evolving and so we are conducting these workshops in order to help prosecutors understand the way cyber crimes are committed and the method through which we detect them,” Roy said.
The police have been receiving an increasing number of complaints regarding cyber crimes.
In 2008, there were 775 complaints, which shot up to 872 in the year 2009. The complaints however were withdrawn in most cases as the offender often turned out to be known to the victims.
The number of FIRs registered is far less compared to the complaints made. But sources say the number is rising and measures like training the prosecutors are required to ensure the cases reach their logical end when brought before the court.