'Well-educated professionals involved in misuse of social networking sites'
If the statistics available with the UT cyber cell are to be believed, well-educated youth from the city are mostly involved in putting up obscene content on social networking websites.chandigarh Updated: Mar 09, 2014 23:39 IST
If the statistics available with the UT cyber cell are to be believed, well-educated youth from the city are mostly involved in putting up obscene content on social networking websites.
The data reveals that most involved in such crime are in the age group of 25-35 and are either studying or are settled in jobs.
The complaints of such sort are regular at the cyber cell, and in 2013, the cell at an average had about 30 complaints every month regarding harassment, hacking and misuse of social networking websites. These complaints had gone up by 200% as compared to 2012.
Senior officials from the cell say though there are frequent complaints regarding social networking websites, there are hardly cases that get registered as in most cases these websites refuse to give details of the account holder who has posted obscene content.
UT cyber cell incharge DSP Rajesh Kalia says, "We get complaints but most don't get converted into cases as social networking websites refuse to divulge in the details."
The officials further say generally youth are held for such crimes as they are the ones well versed with the social networking websites.
Citing another reason for these complaints not getting registered as cases, the officials add mostly the complainants do not pursue the case, after the objectionable content is removed from the websites.
Cases on the rise
In 2011, a total of seven cases of such nature were registered, wherein in four cases the accused were well-educated working professionals. One of the case involved Navdeep Chehal, 31, a software engineer with Google Inc at Gurgaon. He was booked for creating a fake Facebook profile of a city resident.
In 2012, a total of nine cases were registered, wherein in five cases the accused were well-educated working professionals. Neeraj Kumar, 24, a student at NIIT in Sector 32, was booked for creating a fake Facebook profile.
In 2013, a total of 13 cases were registered of which nine accused were well educated professionals. An ethical hacker, Sandeep Sevta, 25, was held for posting videos on porn websites.