activities that are traditional in nature, such as theft, fraud, forgery,
defamation and mischief, all of which are subject to the Indian Penal Code. The
abuse 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 the
modus operandi and the motive of the cyber-criminal.
Women citizens are
still not open to immediately report the cyber abuse or cyber-crime. Many
websites and blogs provide security tips for the safety of women and children
in the internet. But still then cyber-crime against women are on rise. From
sexual harassment to rape threats to gender-based hate speech, women face
disproportionate levels of abuse online. In reality it is seen many chat
friends enjoy teasing their women friends by words such as sexy, attractive
which are the virtual beginning of cyber obscenity. They slowly take their
female friends into confidence and start discussing about their own problems
like a true friend.
Provisions of the
IT Act 2000 relating to cyber-crime and offences against women in India discussed
so far pertaining to the exploitation of women online address predominantly the
representation of the female body and sexuality. In this paper we will discuss the existing
cyber laws for the same and will also discuss what alternatives exist and how
useful are they?
Internet, Women rights, Cyber space, cybercriminal, Cybercrime
The internet is
one of the fastest growing areas under technical infrastructure. There comes
both good and bad sides to this but herein we will discuss over the evils
particularly for women. The phenomenon of cybercrime is known at global level.
With the creativity in technology sector, Cybercrime and victimization of women
have increased and has caused a major threat to the society as a whole. Very
few of countries have been able to create and implement dedicated law which
governs technology. With the advent of Information technology act, 2000 efforts
are done to curb cybercrime but more importantly many issues regarding women
rights in this sphere are untouched.
With amendments in
the 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 for
security of women in general are not covered. The distribution, dissemination
of obscene material including pornography, trafficking and indecent exposure
are one of the most important cybercrimes. Cyber crimes against women have
gained much anticipated increase as there is ease of access over social
platforms, further identity can be faked