Underlining the importance to tackle increasing cybercrime, Delhi High Court on Sunday, May 3, observed that there is an urgent need to have a technical expert at the police station level, district level and in each cyber cell of the national capital. Hearing a plea filed by a woman seeking protection from sexual harassment by her neighbour, a single judge bench of Justice Najmi Waziri, in its observation, said that crimes are on the rise and staff available with police is not up to the mark to perform this task.

The judge noted, “The team should have knowledge of cyber crimes and its different patterns, the expert should have a minimum qualification of MCA or BTech in Computer Science. However, Delhi Police in its reply told the court out of total 14 districts in the national capital, 13 are equipped with mobile investigations teams.

Representing the victim woman in the court, lawyer Shashank Deo Sudhi and Shashi Bhushan informed that court that nude photographs of their client were made public on social media, and police have no technology to trace the accused and place from where it was done.

The court made this observation after being informed that there are only five BTech and two mechanical experts/qualified officers available in all districts cyber cells. The court noted that all police districts should have qualified cybercrime experts to tackle uprising cyber crimes. “Citizens need to be protected from cybercrime and to fulfill this objective, we need qualified personnel who have knowledge of cybercrime and internet.

There is an urgent requirement to monitor, prevent and investigate cyber crimes in Delhi,” added court. The court has also asked all parties involved in the matter to submit its report by August 16. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, there were about 12,317 cybercrime cases in 2016. This is a 6% rise as compared to 2015.

 

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