KRUPA K VARGHESE
The COVID-19 pandemic has spread its tentacles to every area of our lives and so we are forced to change our lifestyles significantly. This has led to a sharp increase in digital activity. During the lockdown period, over 87 percent Indians turned to social media for all sorts of contents according to the reports of Hammer Kops. This has obviously led to an alarming surge in cyber crimes. India is one among the top 5 countries affected by it. Sexual harassment, stalking, trolling and even rape threats have become common in virtual lives. This attitude has caused a lot of mental and emotional harm to many people. Keeping silent is not the appropriate solution anymore. We must not allow anyone to take advantage of the new found dependence on the virtual world. Safety of everyone in the virtual world must be ensured. The government of India has launched a National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal to fight cyber crimes and to make the process of filing cyber complaints easier. Awareness about the online alternative of the traditional offline method of filing cyber complaints is the need of the hour.
The following are the guidelines to file an online cyber complaint:
- Go to the homepage of National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal: https://cybercrime.gov.in/Accept.aspx
- Click on REPORT WOMEN / CHILD RELATED CRIME or REPORT OTHER CYBER CRIMES.
- Click on FILE A COMPLAINT.
- Read the conditions thoroughly and accept them.
- Register your mobile number and fill your name and state.
- Fill the details related to the offence.
The are some other points that are to be noted while filing online cyber complaint:
- If the complainant gives false information in the complaint he/she shall be liable under Indian Penal Code.
- A complaint filed under REPORT OTHER CYBER CRIMES can be withdrawn before its conversion into FIR.
- A complaint filed under REPORT WOMEN / CHILD RELATED CRIME cannot be withdrawn.
- Evidence related to the complaint must be included. Credit card receipt, bank statement, envelope (if an item or letter is received through courier or mail), online money transfer receipt, copy of email, mobile number screen shot of suspect, chat, videos, images or any other similar kind of document can be considered as evidence.
Apart from this, there are other social media websites like facebook, twitter etc that have the option to report cyber insecurities and crimes. React whenever you feel unsafe or insecure. Together we can manage to get rid of this trash.