Only 2.5% of cybercrime reports are registered as FIRs: Ministry

Only 2.5% of cybercrime reports are registered as FIRs: Ministry

A shocking 2.5% of cybercrime reports have been converted into FIRs according to data from the Ministry. From August 30, 2019- January 30, 2020, 33,152 cybercrime complaints were reported on the portal. However, only 790 were converted into FIRs.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had in a written statement urged states to assess and register FIRs for the several complaints received on the National Cybercrime Reporting Portal- http://www.cybercrime.gov.in. According to the Data collected by the Ministry, as little as 2.5% of the total complaints registered on the portal have advanced to being register as First Information Reports (FIRs). The objective of the portal was to cultivate a group of “cybercrime volunteers” to report illegal and criminal content on the internet.

The Website readout: “Good Samaritans are welcome to register as Cyber Crime Volunteers in the role of Unlawful Content Flaggers for facilitating law enforcement agencies in identifying, reporting and removal of illegal/unlawful online content.”

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According to a report by TH, “The unlawful content is categorised as content against the sovereignty and integrity of India, against defence of India, against security of the State, against friendly relations with foreign States, content aimed at disturbing public order, disturbing communal harmony and child sex abuse material. The volunteers will have to submit photograph, name and address proof to be enlisted as a volunteer.” (sic.)

The portal was launched on 30th August 2019 last year. till date, the portal has received more than 200K of cybercrime complaints but only a meagre amount of 5,000 cases have been registered as FIRs. This rate of conversion from complaints to FIRs is very low and worrying as well. for eg., July had registered over 30,000 complaints but only a shocking 273 FIRs were registered. An average of approx. 1000 complaints are logged into the portal, according to a senior government official.

On February 4, G. Kishan Reddy, the Union Minister of State reported to the Rajya Sabha that from August 30, 2019- January 30, 2020, 33,152 cybercrime complaints were reported on the portal. However, only 790 were converted into FIRs by the law and police departments of the respective regions nationally. (Source: TheHindu)

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