AbstractCriminalactivities that are traditional in nature, such as theft, fraud, forgery,defamation and mischief, all of which are subject to the Indian Penal Code. Theabuse of computers has also given birth to a gamut of new age crimes(Cyber-crimes) that are addressed by the Information Technology Act, 2000. The biggest problem of cyber-crime lies in themodus operandi and the motive of the cyber-criminal. Women citizens arestill not open to immediately report the cyber abuse or cyber-crime. Manywebsites and blogs provide security tips for the safety of women and childrenin the internet. But still then cyber-crime against women are on rise.
Fromsexual harassment to rape threats to gender-based hate speech, women facedisproportionate levels of abuse online. In reality it is seen many chatfriends enjoy teasing their women friends by words such as sexy, attractivewhich are the virtual beginning of cyber obscenity. They slowly take theirfemale friends into confidence and start discussing about their own problemslike a true friend.Provisions of theIT Act 2000 relating to cyber-crime and offences against women in India discussedso far pertaining to the exploitation of women online address predominantly therepresentation of the female body and sexuality.
In this paper we will discuss the existingcyber laws for the same and will also discuss what alternatives exist and howuseful are they? Keywords: Computer,Internet, Women rights, Cyber space, cybercriminal, CybercrimeIntroductionThe internet isone of the fastest growing areas under technical infrastructure. There comesboth good and bad sides to this but herein we will discuss over the evilsparticularly for women. The phenomenon of cybercrime is known at global level.With the creativity in technology sector, Cybercrime and victimization of womenhave increased and has caused a major threat to the society as a whole. Veryfew of countries have been able to create and implement dedicated law whichgoverns technology. With the advent of Information technology act, 2000 effortsare done to curb cybercrime but more importantly many issues regarding womenrights in this sphere are untouched.
With amendments inthe said act certain offences like publishing of obscene material on the net,tampering the data etc. are given due considerations but most of the issues forsecurity of women in general are not covered. The distribution, disseminationof obscene material including pornography, trafficking and indecent exposureare one of the most important cybercrimes. Cyber crimes against women havegained much anticipated increase as there is ease of access over socialplatforms, further identity can be faked