Cyber crime on rise

Karnataka, dubbed the capital of India’s IT industry, is among the top three states in cyber crime cases as such incidents report a 6.3% rise nationally.

However, the rise in numbers are creating trouble for investigators as the pending cyber crime cases has risen to 14,973 at the end of 2016 from 11,789 in December 2015 and 8,032 in 2014.

The Crime in India 2016 report, released on Thursday by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), showed that cyber crimes in 2016 has touched 12,317 cases compared to 11,592 in 2015 and 9,622 in 2014. While the rise was 6.3% last year, in 2015 it rose by 20.5% compared to 2014.

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Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 2,639 cases followed by Maharashtra (2,380) and Karnataka (1,101) last year.

During 2016, the report said 48.6% of cyber-crime cases reported were for illegal gain (5,987) followed by revenge (1,056) and insult to the modesty of women (686 cases).

Among the metros, Mumbai (980) has reported maximum number of cases under cyber-crime while Bengaluru ranked second with 762 cases and Jaipur at third with 532 cases.

According to the report, chargesheets were filed in courts in 3,712 cases. The rate of charge-sheeting was 40.3%, down from 46.8% in 2015, while the pendency percentage was 61.9% as against 60.7%.

Experts suggest the increase in cyber crime is due to more and more people accessing the internet. Also, more people are now accessing internet through mobile phones.

However, in August, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in Parliament, “Internet and mobile platforms have found wide penetration in the society in a relatively short period of time. There is a growing tendency to commit cyber crimes using these platforms. However, there is no specific data available that exclusively links incidents of crime with mobile and internet,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir told Lok Sabha recently.

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on Dec 1, 2017)

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