On January 21, the cyber crime police arrested two individuals for allegedly misbehaving with girls on-line. In a single case, the police arrested a youth from Kakinada, who sexually harassed a married girl. As per the police, the girl obtained a buddy request from an unknown particular person on Instagram. After she accepted the buddy request, the stranger began to talk along with her and step by step befriended her within the identify of affection. The duo used to speak over telephone.
After someday, he began to threaten her that he would share the images, video calls and messages of the duo on social media, after which allegedly sexually harassed her. Irked by his behaviour, the girl lodged a grievance. In one other case, the cybercrime police arrested a 26-year-old from town, who had harassed a lady in “Clubhouse” app by passing derogatory statements.
The circumstances of harassment of ladies on-line (social media websites) have elevated throughout COVID-19 pandemic and are on the rise ever since. As per Visakhapatnam cybercrime police, they’ve been registering a minimum of 30 to 40 circumstances of harassment by way of social media, on a median each month. In virtually all of the circumstances, some unidentified individuals get involved with women or girls, largely strangers by way of varied apps and befriend them. For a time frame, each keep good contact within the type of messages, chats and calls. After a while, the youth begin harassing their victims by threatening to put up their photos, chats, voice messages calls on-line or ship it to their relations.
As per the latest circumstances, the motto of the accused was to generate income, getting their sexual wishes fulfilled or to defame their victims. In a few circumstances which have been reported final yr, the accused have harassed girls by threatening to add their morphed nude photos. A couple of circumstances of stalking and bullying are additionally being reported. In a bid to curb such circumstances, the cybercrime police have arrested round 10 individuals for allegedly being concerned in such actions, within the final three months.
Inspector of cybercrimes Okay. Bhavani Shankar advised The Hindu that in virtually all of the circumstances, the accused are the youth, particularly educated ones and those that have good data of social media and messenger functions.
“Such harassment circumstances solely happen solely when the victims settle for buddy requests of unknown individuals on social media. We (police) have been interesting to girls to make sure their social media accounts are saved personal, however not in public area, in order that their photos, movies and posts are safe,” he mentioned.
The Inspector additionally mentioned that they have been promptly responding to such harassment circumstances and arresting the accused throughout the minimal attainable time. He additionally appealed to victims to come back ahead to file complaints in case of any such concern.
Individuals coming throughout cybercrime points might contact toll free quantity 1930, cybercrime portal www.cybercrime.gov.in and may contact cybercrime police station, he added.
Throughout the yr 2022, Visakhapatnam metropolis had witnessed 93% rise in cybercrimes in comparison with the earlier yr. The variety of cybercrime circumstances reported throughout 2022 was 610 as towards 310 throughout 2021.