The National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal was put into action on August 30, 2019, by the Ministry of Home Affairs. It was started so that the common people can register cybercrime incidents online and also can keep a special focus on the cybercrimes of women and children.
Recent Estimated Data of The Cyber Crimes in India
2021 saw a significant jump in cyber crimes in India. G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of State for the home said, “As per the data maintained, since its inception 3.17 lakh cybercrime incidents and 5,771 FIRs have been registered up to February 28, 2021, in the country which includes, 21,562 cybercrime incidents and 87 FIRs in Karnataka and 50,806 cybercrime incidents and 534FIRs in Maharashtra”. Even the data of cyber frauds also increased during the lockdown period.
“Lack of Socialization in Lockdown”- a Major Reason Behind the Cybercrime
During the lockdown period, cybercrimes rose in India. Arun B Nair, psychiatrist of Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram said, “The lockdown led to an unprecedented rise in the use of digital devices. Social media was used extensively by all sections of society ranging from adolescents to the elderly. And so, it has led to the rise in cybercrimes including drug use and sexual grooming. Lack of socialization coupled with digital addiction has significantly affected the mental state of people adversely leading to increased thrill-seeking using the cyber domain”.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The Central Government must take the necessary steps to spread awareness about cybercrimes. The cyber forensic facilities must also be improved to such an extent that cybercrime incidents can be prevented.
- If the cybercrime cases go on increasing at such a huge scale, then the citizen of India is not safe at any cost. Strict moves must be taken by the government to control cybercrime incidents.