Cybercrime is increasing rapidly in the country. According to the NCRB report, cybercrime has increased by 11 percent in the year 2020. The Ministry of Home Affairs has given this information to the Parliamentary Committee.
The ministry said that as per the report of NCRB, 21,796 cybercrimes were registered in the states and union territories in the year 2017. After this, there were 27,248 cases in 2018, 44,735 in 2019 and by the time 2020, it increased to 50,035. There was an increase of 11.8% in comparison to 2019.
Cybercrime related to fraud increased by 60%
According to the report, the crime rate in this category was 3.3 percent in 2019, which increased to 3.7 percent in 2020. Of the cyber crimes reported in 2020, 60.2% were aimed at fraud. The number of cybercrimes involving fraud stood at 30,142 out of 50,035 total cyber crimes in 2020.
The second place among cybercrimes was that of sexual exploitation. Cybercrime related to sexual exploitation accounted for 6.6 per cent of the total cybercrime. 3293 cases related to this were registered. At the same time, cases related to ransom were 4.9 percent. 2440 cybercrimes involving ransom were registered.
The parliamentary committee expressed concern over the increase in cybercrime in the country. The committee observed that while new methods of crime are being adopted by cybercriminals, the attitude of the police is sluggish. The committee has found that there is not even a single cybercrime cell in Punjab, Rajasthan, Goa and Assam. Whereas Andhra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh have only one or two cybercrime cells.
Create police cyber cells in all districts
The committee has asked the ministry to recommend setting up police cyber cells in all districts of all states. States should find the hotspots of cybercrime in their place so that criminals can be stopped.
Apart from this, the committee has also suggested up-gradation of existing cyber cells, dark web surveillance cells and social media monitoring cells. The committee said that along with the traditional recruitment in the police, the recruitment of technical staff is also necessary. This committee, headed by MP Anand Sharma, has presented a detailed report on police training, police modernization and reforms.