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Cyber Crime Against Women

Authors: Jeevesh Jain and Harshita, Students, Amity Law School, Noida, India

Abstract

The paper aims at explaining the concept of cybercrimes against women and how easy accessibility of the internet and cyberspace had led to an increase in cases of cybercrime, especially against women. Young girls who have been newly introduced to the internet are most prone to falling into the bait of cybercriminals and bullies which could be the most traumatic experience for the women. The traditional Indian society places women in high regards. In traditional times a woman plays a vital role they were treated as a mother, the creator, one who gives life, worshipped her as a ‘Devi’ or goddess. However, in modern times women are viewed as objectifying and are treated inferior to men. The cyber-world in itself is virtual realities where anyone can create a fake identity to commit wrongful or illegal acts and then hide under the blanket provided by the internet. Cybercrime against women are cyber harassment, stalking, morphing, defamation, pornography, email spoofing etc. Cybercrime in India against women has increased rapidly since the start of 21st century as in patriarchal society women have always considered a soft target and they have been objectified since long time. In this paper we have also discussed about the position of India in regards to cybercrime against women and remedies available to them. India is among few countries, which has Information Technology Act 2000 but the Act doesn’t have specific provision related to the area of cybercrime against women.

Keywords: Cybercrime, IT Act 2000, Women, Stalking, cybersecurity

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