Category: cyber crime against women

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for April 7-April 20, 2020

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Fiji reports high rate of revenge porn cases during Covid -19 lock-down. Women feel trapped in revenge porn cases as limited police resources fail to provide effective remedy
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/15/it-sticks-to-me-like-a-disease-fiji-grapples-with-revenge-porn-as-internet-use-booms

Minnesota Court of Appeal rules that State Revenge porn law is unconstitutional
https://www.wctrib.com/news/crime-and-courts/5032097-Court-of-Appeals-calls-revenge-porn-law-unconstitutional-as-it-rules-in-favor-of-woman-in-Kandiyohi-County-case?fbclid=IwAR0n3aKLQMZ8TR9RWIS9kTXAjevgVhCR4NMPDErf6b5vnJIruHhN_0PhEiI

Good news for women victims of cyber crimes in India : Vishakhapatnam police chief takes strict action against police officers who could not resolve cases of cyber crimes against women within due time, deleted data without informing the victims.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/visakhapatnam-police-chief-suspends-two-cops-from-cybercrime-police-station/articleshow/75216692.cms

Beware women! police warns about #Sareechallenge which may lead women to be victims of sextortion, non consensual porn, deep nude.
https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/cybercrime-social-media-pictures-saree-trends-website-nude-blackmail-pornography/

Delhi University faculties receive harassing obscene messages amidst running classes on Zoom.
https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/du-teachers-complain-of-harassment-abusive-posts-during-online-classes/story-cLVokQNgV0yNG2M67bC4EL.html

Saudi social media prankster man arrested for sharing images of providing tea made with toilet water to unsuspecting wife over social media .
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11369892/social-media-arrested-sick-viral-prank/

Initiation of criminal proceedings in cyber crimes against women cases by Dr.Debarati Halder

Cyber Crimes against women may be of different forms: it may be sexual, whereby the perpetrator may create non consensual image sharing for sexual gratification (which may include rape or sexual assault video sharing), revenge porn contents and may share the same through social media, internet and digital communication technology etc. Further, the perpetrator may also take to cyber platform for carrying on stalking activities, communicating rape and death threats, impersonation, unauthorized access and accessing private contents for further impersonation, defamation of the victim, bullying, including sexual bullying, trolling etc. Several of such crimes against women may have been recognized by the Information Technology Act, 2000(amended in 2008), Indian Penal Code (especially provisions inserted through Criminal Law amendment Act, 2013), Indecent Representation of women Prohibition Act, Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 etc and Protection of children from sexual offences Act (especially when the cyber offences are committed against children) etc. (See for more in Halder D., & Jaishankar, K (2016.) Cyber crimes against women in India.New Delhi: SAGE Publications. ISBN: 9789385985775. and also Halder, D. (2018). Child Sexual Abuse and Protection Laws in India. NewDelhi: SAGE Publications. ISBN: 9789352806843.)

Some of such offences which may be recognized by the Indian Penal Code or any other offences and which may necessarily fall under sexual offences against women (specially under Ss. 376, 354 , 354 A.B.C.D) and under S.509 IPC which prescribes punishment for harming the modesty of women etc, may necessarily be considered as cognizable offences where the officer in Charge of the police station MUST register FIR and initiate investigation procedure. However, on several occasions, the police may refuse to register the FIR, may refuse to even hear the victim or on much instigation, my simply insert the submissions in the General Diary or station diary and may never register the FIR.

A plain reading of S.154 of the Cr.P.C and S.172 Cr.P.C may provide answer to all the above mentioned issues. The discussions in this regard are carried forward in the YouTube link below.

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for March 17-April 7, 2020

On behalf of Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling (www.cybervictims.org), we urge all our readers to stay safe and not to share any fake news. Also, please do not use online platforms to generate any harassing content, revenge porn materials, non consensual porn materials bullying, trolling contents etc to harass women and girls. Stay safe. Let others feel safe...

Dr.Debarati Halder

Social media and Whats App being used for spreading fake news and harassing information targeting women travelling from across the countries.
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/mar/25/stop-harassing-her-tn-woman-approached-hospital-on-her-own-didnt-resist-quarantine-says-friend-2121174.html

Amid Corona scare and lock-down, South Korea sees rising of online sexual abuse of women and girls especially through cases like Telegram NTH room
https://meaww.com/molka-scandal-telegram-nth-room-south-korea-needs-to-do-more-combat-sex-crimes-against-women-girls

Online meetings and classes through platforms like Zoom expose more harassment targeting women
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/video-chats-familiar-forms-online-harassment-make-comeback-n1168806?fbclid=IwAR0rgYLYulrbz9LE9Q0BKnPw0Cxw3Wg7_n4Mpa3DeuaRptAa973Bp2_wbpY

With more usage of Zoom, private video sessions including sessions with therapists, family , friends etc and names and phone numbers get exposed.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/03/thousands-zoom-video-calls-left-exposed-open-web/?fbclid=IwAR1M3yRTYKqUuDJhP0rZLz_z8yDcwrZ5CgQN2yzlsgGA2awhPIEOF31CQlA&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

Cyber security loopholes get exposed in all online platforms including web company giants like Google, Facebook etc.
https://www.politico.eu/article/privacy-agenda-threatened-in-wests-virus-fight/?fbclid=IwAR2BhQ8NHVZB1yNrob6UPRgGtsfOdQcrId1rRSRaoFXtRF8KLcpCAvvTAUQ

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for February 10-February 16, 2020

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Women victims of sextortion, fake profiles, non consensual porn in Nepal suffer silently as law and the police fail to nab offenders sitting in different jurisdictions.
https://www.nepalitimes.com/banner/crossborder-cybercrime-and-punishment/

2020 valentines week saw romance scammers victimizing vulnerable older single women, war widows and heart broken widowers in Australia
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8001801/Love-scammers-swindle-MILLIONS-vulnerable-women-pretending-soldiers-widowers.html

Mexican woman violated and virtually abused even aftr hear death when news media portals share images and videos of her unskinned mutilated body over digital platform. Agitated stakeholders blame the ill drafted laws which failed to prevent circulation of objectionable of video of women by web portals.
https://www.headlinesoftoday.com/news/world-news/mexico-in-outrage-as-picture-of-mutilated-body-of-a-murdered-woman-published.html

Man and his female acquaintance arrested for blackmailing businessman in Pakistan for his objectionable private videos that were alleged to have been deceitfully captured by two women from the same gang.
https://www.dawn.com/news/1534111/man-woman-arrested-for-blackmail

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for January 27th-February 9, 2020

In a first, Madras High Court refuses to quash a case against Airtel as a service provider and directs the trial court to conduct trial for finding out liability of the service provider for continuous sending of unwanted messages of sexual nature to an Airtel subscriber.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/obscene-messages-airtel-to-face-trial-as-hc-refuses-to-quash-case/articleshow/73944935.cms

Basildon Crown Court, UK awards 32 months jail sentence to man who hacked into iCloud and leaked private images of women and girls online. The prison sentence is awarded in relation to 12 computer misuse offences, nine counts of voyeurism and five counts of taking indecent images of children.
https://digit.fyi/suffolk-man-jailed-for-hacking-icloud-and-sharing-indecent-images-online/

Saudi divorced woman arrested for ‘indecent’ posts on social media which includes encouraging women to leave their husband when certain demands are not fulfilled, hosting matchmaking, showcasing women dancing and smoking in public. The activities have been considered as criminal activities as per Saudi laws.
https://stepfeed.com/saudi-woman-arrested-for-posting-illicit-content-on-snapchat-8974

Two men from a reputed family in West Bengal target 182 women by way of stalking, hacking, voyeurism etc. Police arrests the offenders under several provisions of Indian Penal Code, Information Technology Act
https://news.abplive.com/tv-show/sansani/kolkata-men-arrested-for-blackmailing-182-women-sansani-1155439


Woman CEO receives constant vulgar messages from fake email ids. Accused arrested for cyber stalking in India
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/080220/saree-designer-cyberstalks-woman-ceo-arrested.html

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for January 7th-19th, 2020

Canadian court awards sentence for payment of compensation for reputation damage by woman who allegedly destroyed ex boyfriend’s reputation by posting about the latter on Instagram allegedly describing him as alcoholic cheater and containing sexually transmitted disease.
https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article238980818.html?fbclid=IwAR2c-8sFVYhAgYZTQf5YJXb6Qr01tRMBvnSBWciXO4r58KVqvRKtKd_XKdE

Thousands of women’s images are illegally shared from their Tinder accounts possibly for major online sexual assaults and catphishing.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10768285/tinder-pics-stolen-cyber-crime-fake-profiles-catfishing/

Scottish police buys new devices exclusively for data mining for the purpose of crime investigation
https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/2020-01-16-scottish-police-device-data-mining-password.html

BTech student from India sends friends request to woman only to collect personal photographs from her social media website and morphed the same for creating nude images. Accused arrested when mother of the victim complained to the police for sharing profiles containing nude images of the victim.
https://www.thehansindia.com/telangana/hyderabad-btech-student-held-for-sharing-morphed-photos-of-women-online-598041

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for December 23-31, 2019

Mentally challenged woman is forced to perform marriage with another mentally challenged man in public for content making by TikTok users. No one arrested as police reported that no one has made any complaint.
https://www.indiatoday.in/crime/story/tiktok-video-mentally-challenged-man-woman-forced-to-marry-1631769-2019-12-26?fbclid=IwAR2-QPjeR4Xjari118GQzrSJjyRiCmui9haPeAYIb2J_esulBwRTD4dSH2U

US courts to consider whether revenge porn laws are violative of 1st Amendment Rights
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/12/26/is-revenge-porn-protected-speech-supreme-court-may-soon-weigh/?fbclid=IwAR1PyhKigsoEoNg-q2vTk5jLLEA9ps5RauEcFKh2KIPGsLTRD37MNxuRN3o

Man arrested for creating fake profile of women to offer online sex services in Mumbai, India
https://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-crime-man-arrested-for-operating-fake-facebook-profiles-of-women/22357159

Singapore is making doxxing a criminal offence from January, 2020
https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2019/12/28/doxxing-to-be-criminalised-from-1-jan-2020-along-with-other-new-offences-via-amendments-to-penal-code-and-other-legislation/

Man arrested in Hyderabad, India for sextortion of minor girl whom he contacted while playing PUBG
https://telanganatoday.com/man-arrested-in-hyderabad-for-blackmailing-minor-girl

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for December 1-22nd 2019

Teen boys are discussing about gang rape and fantasizing about raping their own classmates over Whats App chats in Mumbai
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/mumbai-ib-school-students-whatsapp-chat-horror-1629343-2019-12-18

Teacher is accused of sexting to students: it is unfortunate to note how teacher -student relationships are turning negative in every way
https://www.14news.com/2019/12/18/middle-school-teacher-former-miss-ky-pleads-guilty-sexting-student/?fbclid=IwAR0zN2-yq-xlLXkrfbeFzKdpYY0S-mGKxkDKl6m9HwNub8N7kftsDYe-KVk

There is no respite for women who are victimized due to card fraud as police stations still refuse to accept the concept of Zero FIR and most police stations are ill equipped to handle cyber crime cases.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/it-took-3-days-and-3-police-stations-for-woman-to-file-plaint/articleshow/72420404.cms

Cyber flashing or sending unsolicited pictures of private parts to random recipients, especially women and girls is becoming a matter of concern for law makers and criminal justice machinery in the UK
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/style/why-the-uk-needs-to-take-cyber-flashing-seriously-73c0r02f9

Philippine woman arrested for offering girls from the age group of 5-15, including her own nieces for online sexual solicitation. She faces arrest on the grounds of violation of Republic Acts No. 9208 (human trafficking), 10175 (cybercrime), and 9775 (child pornography).
https://www.rappler.com/nation/246689-aunt-arrested-offering-nieces-online-sex-south-cotabato

Man faces arrest for pushing and taking pictures of woman co passenger without consent in Kolkata metro station in India.
https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/metro-molester-dragged-to-cops/cid/1724135

Gender and Internet : Web Magazine for Cyber Law for Women News Update for November 26-30, 2019

Thanks to the relaxed policy regarding domain name change : Porn sites are back in India despite “paper tiger” ban on 857 website ban by Government of India
https://dailystockdish.com/porn-sites-make-a-return-in-india-by-tweaking-domain-name/

Singapore parliament brings in new law to provide slap strict sentences for cyber flashing, voyeurism, distribution non consensual porn and revenge porn contents. But cyber violence against women continue to sky rocket in Singapore.
https://dailytimes.com.pk/507796/pervasive-digital-sexual-violence-against-women-skyrockets-in-singapore/

Family in Utah, Canada gets tormented by harasser from Hawaii who shared online posts suggesting the victim family offers all types of services including prostitution.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50567077

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber Law for women News Update for November 1st-25th, 2019

#endviolenceagainstwomen
https://medium.com/@UN_Women/when-it-comes-to-consent-there-are-no-blurred-lines-1dfd02cebe1

Iraqi women suffer cyber violence against women including sextortion, revenge porn, gender bullying and trolling, stalking etc as there are apparently no law to deter such offences and courts are not yet accustomed to see online crimes against women
https://www.news18.com/news/world/revenge-porn-sextortion-spreads-in-iraq-as-fear-of-honour-killing-death-sentence-daunt-women-2393499.html

New York Mother of female toddler born with Harlequin Ichthyosis, who tries to educate people through online platforms including Facebook, Instagram etc, gets severely bullied and harassed by another woman for a over an year. The harasser is now arrested.
https://kfiam640.iheart.com/content/2019-11-10-long-island-woman-arrested-for-cyber-bullying-toddler-with-rare-disorder/?fbclid=IwAR07iXTvo5xvcwggS-bY1tq3MiLfkdfhSy0EGzZiJ_eb2OhrqMVfg4fp3jE

Check old devices before selling/handing them over : Pakistani model/singer suffers privacy infringement as her private videos get leaked allegedly when she sold her old mobile phone device. Her nude images land in international porn sites.
https://www.desiblitz.com/content/pakistan-model-samara-chaudhrys-private-videos-leaked

Teen girls suffer silently as intermediaries have no answer against continued online sexual abuse of girls carried on through online platforms.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/09/us/internet-child-sex-abuse.html?smid=fb-share&fbclid=IwAR0PldPtMV_qe-IAKzFx6xfhhV6n6_OtRndIlf0yAAm4ZKRPpf_ssNN-fa4&mtrref=www.facebook.com&gwh=AB89B80FF8D1630E35B974D77DE83488&gwt=pay&assetType=REGIWALL

Dublin man who withdrew from outside world and became a vigorous troll, gets jail term for 3 years for stalking and trolling 6 women who were journalists, authors. Prosecution and the court emphasized need for rehabilitation of the troll.
https://www.rte.ie/news/courts/2019/1114/1090892-harassment-case/

After pilots turning into peeping toms in the lavatory of aircraft, it is now a male nurse in Malta who was caught by the police for similar offence: female medical professionals become victim of voyeurism and privacy infringement resulting in creation of non consensual porn materials due to spycam installed in the washroom by male nurse.
https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/98580/nurse_who_spied_on_women_with_bathroom_cam_gets_threeyear_probation_and_5500_fine_#.XdvUougzZPY

Online job offers are not always legal especially for women: woman admits of being in a paid job which includes online sexual abuse of teens through Skype. She is charged with four counts for sexual abuse of children in UK.
https://www.unionjournalism.com/2019/11/11/uk-woman-was-paid-to-sexually-abuse-teen-girl-for-3-years-through-video-call-she-now-admits-of-her-crime/