Shimla: Cybercrime cell for women to be set up soon

  • Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Feb 08, 2015 20:11 IST

The state police plans to set up a cybercrime cell dedicated to women who are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberstalking and other forms of online harassment.

"We'll soon have special cell for dealing with cybercrimes being faced by women. As most people are ill informed about such crimes we need to spread awareness on the issue," director general of police Sanjay Kumar said.

Though the police have received scores of complaints on cybercrime only 37 cases have been filed with the special cell created to deal with such crimes. Eight cases are related to hacking and disfiguring accounts on social networking websites. Women have also been complaining about online stalking.

While social networking and microblogging sites are great tools to stay connected, they are also prone to be misused and it is mostly women who are the victims. Many women fall victim to fake profiles with obscene content that are pasted on social networking sites.

The special cyber crime cell will also have cyber consultant to educate women as they are reluctant to approach the police as they face social humiliation.

In a majority of cases related to hacking of social networking sites the cops found out it was someone close to the women who was involved in disfiguring social networking accounts. The police have also found that women often withdrew their complaints after the offenders were tracked down.

This year the state police have been focusing on crimes against women. In 2014, till October 31, nearly 1,322 cases of crimes against women were reported of which 428 were of molestation and 288 of cruelty.

Though the number of such cases is less than those reported in several other states, the rise in crimes against women is a matter of concern. According to police department data, there were 1,145 cases of crime against women in 2010 with the figure rising to 1,596 in 2013 and 1,322 till October 31, 2014.

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