When a young cybersecurity expert realised that the cyberspace is not safe for many of its users, he contacted various people and formed the Cyber Welfare Society of India in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. With the help of various experts and advisors, Indian Cyber welfare Society will help women and will give tips and advice on ‘how to tackle cyber crimes’ free of cost.
For this, they will be posting various articles, posts, blogs and even tweets reaching out to a maximum number of people through as many as social mediums possible. The main aim of the NGO is to create a safe cyberspace for women. Not all cyber crimes are being reported because people are neither aware of how to deal with them nor do they trust that a satisfactory solution will be found. Yes, it is true that at this moment, we don’t have necessary crime investigators and judges who are specialized in cyber crimes. But, times are changing, thanks to digital India.
Most of the cyber crimes against women are related to cyberstalking, obscenity and fake profiles. Cybercrime is that one problem rising at a global level against which strong measures are necessary. With the developments in the Information Technology sector, such crimes are increasing at a faster rate. And most women users do not find the cyberspace safe. And the majority of them has been a victim of some of the other type of cybercrime.
We want to put a light on some of the crimes that women users have been a victim of and under which sections the criminal can be punished.
1) Cyber Stalking
This is the most common crime women have been a victim of. To follow, to irritate, to stare to the extent of making the person angry and scared is called stalking. When this is done on the internet, it is called cyberstalking. Sending unwanted messages, again and again, having a look at every status update, irritating by calling them, internet monitoring all these come under the category of this crime. This is a punishable offence under the section 345 D of IPC.
2) Cyber Obscenity And Pornography
In this, the criminals get obscene pictures or videos of young girls and upload them on a public platform or even blackmail them with the pictures. There are times when the pictures are morphed with the help of various softwares. The criminal’s main motive to commit such a crime is to blackmail, defame the person and to harass them. Such crime can be filed under the section 67 and 67 A. Sending obscene photos, obscene emails, morphing photos to obscene standards etc. is a punishable crime under the same section.
3) Cyber Spying
Under the section 66 of IT Act, cyber spying i,e installing cameras in washrooms, changing rooms of various of women at various public places like hotels, malls, restaurants etc. is a punishable crime.
Bullying of women in the virtual world is another serious crime which comes forth in types of cyber crimes. Women are being bullied by various ways. Where the criminal at first tries to be on friendly terms with them, gets closer and tries to get their pictures and then morph them and blackmail them or defame them.
Usually, the people committing crimes on cyberspace feel that they will be anonymous and wouldn’t get caught. This is not true. Because the criminals find some women as an easy target, awareness about the cyber crimes among women is necessary. Because of easy availability of internet and everyone using smartphones and data packs, there is an increase in such crime. And so awareness is very important.
Cyber Welfare Society will be spreading awareness about the same to women, youth and the elderly along with all possible online help regarding the crime they have been a victim of. Indian women and youth have been targets of various types of cyber crimes. Yes, there are agencies which are working to reduce such crimes and put such criminals behind the bars, but they have their own speed, and the crimes are increasing too fast. So creating awareness is very important.
Here are a few pointers for women:
– Be careful while sharing private information with a stranger in the virtual world.
– Make sure the changing rooms/bathrooms do not have any device installed.
– Whenever necessary, do not hesitate to ask any sort of help from various cyber experts. You can even contact the Cyber Welfare Society on their various social media accounts.
Cyber Security expert Shakeel Anjum is the founder member of the society along with the team of Group of IT experts Tushar Bharthare, Chirag Purohit, Yogesh Pandit, Networking expert Bhanu Yadav and Legal Advisor Advocate Aehetesham Hasan Siddiqui. Shakeel Anjum invites interested experts in the field to join hands with them and spread the knowledge as far as possible.
The main aims of Cyber Welfare Society India are:
– To spread awareness about cyber crimes
– To make people aware of how one can avoid being a victim
– Help the victims get justice
– Make the cyberspace safe
Cyber Welfare Society can be contacted through the following:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ;