Cyber crime and victimisation of women discussed

10 June 2017

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 10
Targeting women with a motive to intentionally harm her using modern telecommunication such as internet (social media or email) and mobile phone (SMS/MMS) is a cyber crime against woman, said advocate Debarati Halder.
Debarati, who is also an MD of Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling, was speaking as a resource person in the “Two day orientation course on criminal investigation, Criminal trial and Cyber laws” which started today at the auditorium of the High Court of Manipur.
The orientation course was organised by Manipur Judicial Academy and Manipur State Legal Services Authority.
Speaking on the topic “Critical review of existing laws and lacunas in the law for regulating cyber crimes and victimization of women” she said that the concept of cyber crimes against women is a relatively new concept in the country’s legal arena.
She added that the crime committed using digital and communication technology is itself a new phenomenon in India, which is alarming.
It is necessary to understand the typology of cyber crimes against women before proceeding legal challenges in the area of cyber crimes against women, added Debarati.
“Cyber victims taking extreme steps like committing suicide or contacting the hacker to remove it or several other mechanisms may actually make her step into the shoes of the perpetrator which is an irrational coping mechanism,” she said.
Debarati added that Section 354C of Indian Penal Code which prescribes punishment for voyeurism and Section 354 (D), which prescribes punishment for stalking are the centric and may apparently provide answer to all problems of cyber harassment targeting women.
Advocate Romenkumar Singh spoke on the topic “Police investigation in FIR case” as resource. He said that giving information of cognizable offence to the police under section 154, Cr PC is the modes by which an aggrieved person can set machinery of criminal law.
The information recorded under the section is known as First Information Report (FIR) though the word first is not mentioned in the code, he added.
Romenkumar said that mere membership of a banned organisation will not make a person criminal unless the person resorts or incites people to violence or create public disorder.
And an organisation not declared as unlawful can indulge in terrorist acts, he continued.
Justice S Muralidhar spoke on the topic “Criminal investigation from human rights perspective” as resourced person.


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