How to Protect Woman and Children from Cyber Crimes in India

Print PDF eBookIntroduction Millions of people around the world are subjected to meticulous violence because of their gender. Also in this we discuss upon the various types of cyber crimes that can be inflicted upon woman and children how they adversely affect her and the...


Millions of people around the world are subjected to meticulous violence because of their gender. Also in this we discuss upon the various types of cyber crimes that can be inflicted upon woman and children how they adversely affect her and the article contends the question is how the diverse concerns of the government match up with the specialized security needs of their female citizens who are the most vulnerable one.

The current tendency of cyber crime is largely dominated by the crime against the individual. Especially females are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Crime against women and Children is on a high in all fields and being a victim of cyber crime could be the most traumatic experience for a woman and children. Many minor girls and other female victims committed suicide after their private photos and videos were leaked on the internet.

What is Cyber Crime?

Cyber crime is unlawful and punishable activity that either uses a computer network or a networked device. Most of the cyber crime is committed by cyber criminals or hackers who want to make money. Cyber crime aims to damage computers or networks for reasons other than benefit.

Types of Cyber Crime

  1. Cyber Bullying
  2. Cyber Staking
  3. Child Pornography
  4. Phishing
  5. Vishing
  6. Online Job fraud
  7. Email Fraud
  8. Infringing Copyright
  9. Illegal Gambling
  10. Online Drug Trafficking…………. etc.

Impact of Cyber Crime in India-

Especially in India where the law does not even properly recognize cyber crimes. The crimes against women in India are increasing at a high rate because there is no fear amongst the citizens regarding the punishment rewarded to the culprits. Verbal abuse in electronic form which is the repetition of insults to a woman and Children. Online trolling and online hate speech against her or Twitter troll posts with obscene and sexually explicit comments etc. use against women. In misbehaving the woman and Children the person behind the screen hurts her as much as if she hit her because the woman and Children in this case loses self-esteem. Verbal abuse can lead to a range of behavioral or emotional and physical problems.

Cyber Laws in India-

Information Technology Act 2000 (IT Act 2000) is the main law connected with cyber security in India.

  • Section 43:- Penalty and compensation– Applicable to people who damage the computer systems without permission from the owner. The owner can fully claim compensation for the entire damage in such cases.                                                                                                                                            Penalty and compensation] for damage to computer, computer system, etc.–If any person without permission of the owner or any other person who is in charge of a computer, computer system or computer network,–
  • Section 66:-Computer related offences- – Applicable in case a person is found to dishonestly or fraudulently commit any act referred to in section 43. The imprisonment term in such instances can mount up to three years or a fine of up to Rs. 5 lakhs.
  • Section 66B:- Punishment for dishonestly receiving stolen computer resource or communication device  – Incorporates the punishments for fraudulently receiving stolen communication devices or computers, which confirms a probable three years imprisonment. This term can also be topped by a Rs. 1 lakh fine, depending upon the severity.
  • Section 66C -Punishment for identity theft This section scrutinizes the identity thefts related to imposter digital signatures, hacking passwords, or other distinctive identification features. If proven guilty, imprisonment of three years might also be backed by a Rs.1 lakh fine.
  • Section 66D-Punishment for cheating by personation by using computer resource. This section was inserted on-demand, focusing on punishing cheaters doing impersonation using computer resources.
  • Section 66E. Punishment for violation of privacy
  • Section 66F. Punishment for cyber terrorism
  • Section 67. Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form
  • Section 67A. Punishment for publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act, etc., in electronic form
  • Section 67B. Punishment for publishing or transmitting of material depicting children in sexually
    explicit act, etc., in electronic form

Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860 is also used to criminals connected with cyber crimes. Some other IT Rules-

  • The Information Technology (Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information) Rules, 2011
  • The Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021
  • The Information Technology (Guidelines for Cyber Cafe) Rules, 2011
  • The Information Technology (Electronic Service Delivery) Rules, 2011
  • Information Technology (The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team and Manner of Performing Functions and Duties) Rules, 2013 (the CERT-In Rules)


This is the high time to initiate and being vocal against cyber crime and being more protective on this crime and being aware against this crime as globally this crime is increasing and has become the most sustainable and devastating crime against state or individual or mass and last but not the least mental and socio-cultural and economic stability when the victims are the women and children  and also there is an urgent need of bringing awareness and consciousness among women to be careful while using internet facilities and also proper guidance if somehow they face cyber crime then they can raise their voice against it.

My Opinion’s on against Cyber crime-

Several remedies to counter the ever-increasing cybercrime against women in India. I would like to mention that in Vedic ages the women were provided protection within the house by her parents through inculcating Vedic culture and tradition and it was a duty of government to look after their safety outside the home by maintaining law and order. There is also an alarming requirement for knowledge and technical enhancement for the prevention of woman harassment in India.

Women should always take some measures for online safety. Always keep an irrelevant eye fake Sms or call. Never respond to any spam emails or fraud messages which they get in the name of the company. Keep an eye on the privacy of the website and read what kind of information they are asking.

If need to file a Cyber crime complaint online in India than visit National Crime Reporting Portal of India.

“To facilitate the reporting of incidents related to various forms of cyber crimes, particularly those targeting women and children, the government has established the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (www.cybercrime.gov.in).”

“After filing a cyber crime complaint, you can proceed to register a cyber crime First Information Report (FIR) at the nearest local police station to report the incident. This action is mandated by Section 154 of the CrPC, which requires every police officer to record the information or complaint of an offense, regardless of the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred.

What occurs following the filing of a cyber crime complaint ?

Firstly, the police must initiate an investigation by registering an FIR (First Information Report) for the cyber crime incident. Subsequently, an investigation report will be compiled based on the findings. Finally, a charge sheet will be submitted to the court.”


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