Cyber Crimes against Women: A Gloomy Outlook of Technological Advancement
Volume I, Issue III, 2018
The right to internet usage has now become a human right, as declared by the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2016. The number of internet users are rapidly growing in India as well and the idea of a modern India has had a strong focus on science and technology for its all-inclusive development. In this research paper, the authors shall analyze the role of the increase in technology, thereby, easier access to internet and social media platforms as a major cause of increasing cyber-crimes against women in the Indian society. The netizens, women in particle, are more susceptible to the criminal activities carried out by means of internet, which is also referred to as cyber-crimes. The judiciary along with the police department and the investigative agencies should be boosted up with the modern web-based applications in order to be a step ahead from such perpetrators. The legal remedies available under various piece of legislations dealing with the menace of cyber-crime have been focused upon. The role of government in the current legal scenario and the accountability of the government is also discussed in detail. The focus will also be on the various factors resulting in the increase of cyber-crimes against women and the effects of such crimes on the victim. The paper concludes by considering the loopholes in the system, that neither the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 nor the Information Technology Act, 2000 satisfactorily deal with such offences and fail to provide adequate safety measures to curb the same. Lastly, the author(s) recommends certain necessary measures that need to be taken in order to address the issue of cyber-crimes against women in a holistic and effective manner.