This is in sequence of my earlier blog on female actors and their plight in the cyber crime arena posted on http://debaraticyberspace.blogspot.com titleled “Cyber harassing the women , saga continues for Indian cine stars”.to day morning I noticed this particular blog has been copied in another site without clearly giving the original source, i.e, the name of the author, the web resource etc. What I understand is , probably in my earlier blog in question, I had taken names of few well known glamorous female actors and that caused my blog and myself to be taken away from me.Sounds funny? well, that’s it… woman is again in trouble. This is what I wanted to prove as how female celebs attract unwanted onlookers and also perpetrators in the cyber space.
However, I want to clearly mention that if some one is interested to use my blogs or for that instance, any blog of any individual, the work must be properly cited.please do mention the author’s name , the blog’s original address and then explain how it really affects you for good or bad.
Hope this creates an awareness again for cyber crime against women in India and world as well..
Debarati Halder, Advocate
CYBER CRIME AGAINST WOMEN
It had been eight long months since we started Centre for “Cyber Victims Counseling” (CCVC). I felt this is the right time to write a few words about this brain child of ours……me and my husband. We are basically a “Trust”, an all voluntary not for profit NGO with social service agenda, working towards betterment of cyber space. Our primary concern is Indian cyber space. Being a lawyer myself, I felt this is the best way I could contribute to my country and countrymen. Indian cyber space has become more secured than before due to several organizations and individuals who are working on cyber crime issues since couple of years. On behalf of CCVC, we are proud to follow their footsteps.
When we conceived the idea of CCVC, I never knew there would be so many responses. Many contacted us for different sorts of help and guidance from within the country as well as outside the country. We in CCVC are thankful to all of you who consider us “worthy friends” to tell your problems. While we were building CCVC, we received many criticisms too. We consider them as treasures in disguise. Feedbacks, guidance and criticisms make CCVC stronger to help the victims, individuals, students and the researchers as well. We are growing in handling each experience of yours. I take this opportunity to thank Jayne Hitchcock, whom I consider as my mentor. I got to learn basic cyber ethics from her. WHOA and Hitchcock were our “motivators” behind starting CCVC.
I know, healing a patient with physical pain is a tough job. But healing a victim of cyber attack is neither an easy task. The pain one goes through remains for long, some times for life. Besides providing counseling to cyber crime victims, what satisfies me more is the blogs I run as a part of CCVC’s activities. These blogs creates awareness about cyber crimes and victimisation. I would be extremely happy to help all who need to know about cyber crime and laws . In the CCVC, we are planning for more activities in the coming months. Do keep an eye on CCVC’c blogs @ http://cybervictims.blogspot.com/ and http://debaraticyberspace.blogspot.com/ to know about our further plans and activities.
THIS IS A FORWARD FROM OUR SISTER BLOG @http://cybervictims.blogspot.com/
WE AT CCVC HAVE STARTED 2010 WITH A CAUSE.THE POPULAR SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITE ORKUT.COM IS BEING USED BY MANY TO CREATE FAKE PROFILES AND COMMUNITIES WHICH ARE DEFAMING , DEMEANING AND SOME TIMES CARRIES SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONTENTS. THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE IS NOT RESPONDED WELL BY ORKUT. AS PER THE INDIAN LEGAL STANDARD, SUCH PROFILES AND COMMUNITIES ARE ILLEGAL. BUT UNFORTUNATELY SINCE ORKUT IS GUIDED NOT BY INDIAN LAWS BUT BY UNIVERSAL POLICY GUIDELINES OF ITS OWN (WHICH IS MADE ON THE BASIS OF US FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION), MANY TIMES INNOCENT VICTIMS HAVE BEEN REFUSED ANY POSITIVE HELP. HENCE WE HAVE FILED AN ONLINE PETITION. THE URL IS http://www.petitiononline.com/ccvc123/petition.html. IF U HAPPEN TO READ THIS BLOG, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION BOTH IN THIS LINK AS WELL AS IN CCVC’S WEBSITE. WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR KIND RESPONSE.
Unfortunately we women get most of our disturbances from the social networking websites where we are members. what kinds of disturbances?
1. some one keeps on sending friends’ request and he /she is a stranger . we hardly know whether the sender is a genuine person and wants a real friendship. here are some tips to find out the genuineness:
Check out the persons’ whole profile . if you find any thing suspicious, just put a full stop then and there.
Did you check his wall or message board? if it is open for viewing having a glimpse .
See his photo album and video clippings .
Check the communities he is member to.
You may get an idea who the person is and what is his real aim.
2. You get an unwanted visitor who keeps of scrapping on your message board. What should you do?
check who is the visitor by thoroughly examining his profile .If you feel he is a “real nuisence ” click ignore the person / “block the person” button in your profile and immidiately lock your message book.
3. Are you afraid that your personal photographs may be attakced?
Post some pictures that attract less or nil”sexual comments” ;
Do not “invite” your friends to visit your album . This could lead to inviting more unknown friends through your own friends.
4. Be careful of what you post in your profile. Do not post sensitive data about yourself.
5. Never “fight ” with your virtual friends using abusive language. Imagine if they revert back, you may find next morning your message board full of bullying words . There are chances that many of your friends may have seen these “hate-words” before you found it out yourself.
6. Do not try to experiment with banned , mischievous or obscene communities. this may lead you to even more bigger danger zone.
In my next blog I will share some tips to avoid any cyber danger that you may have fallen into.until then Bye from Debarati.
Cyber crime, a crime the domain of which can be extended to many unknown spaces, happens most rudely to women. In my article on Cyber crime against women, which was published in Cyberlawtimes.com, I had shown some major types of crimes which attack women only in the net. But here I would like to discuss it broadly. Cyber crime can be of two types, (1) attacking the economy, which is also called e- crime like phishing etc, (2) attacking the individual self through emails and social networking websites. I am going to speak about the second point.
All most all sorts of cyber offences like hacking, pornography, breaching of confidentiality and security which are narrated in our Information technology Act 2000, originate mostly from emails and social networking websites. Other than these, some thing more which many of us women suffer in the internet are stalking and harassment. Many cyber law experts explained stalking as “following” the netizen, each of her steps, her conversations, and her activities are followed silently. And then one day she receives an email revealing all her past activities, (some of which she may have wanted to do secretly) and then continuous blackmailing begins. I would say cyber harassment is even more annoying than any of these. A girl keeps on receiving emails from some known person, well, to be precise, NOT SO WELL KNOWN, asking her many embarrassing questions. How about this case where a girl is having an affair secretly and some one constantly blackmail her on her boy friend? Or she feels a threat that this emailing person would tell the world, especially her parents about her love affair? Or even in case of “jittery Ex- boy friend” who keeps on mailing her putting some bombarding words? Seems you too have heard of these sorts of cases? The other window of inviting headaches is the online chatting. Yahoo messenger, AOL, G talks etc gives us opens ways to make friends and speak with them. The girl slowly opens her heart, gets involved more and more and becomes addicted to chatting. She never knows when these girli girli chats become little mischievous and the person sitting on the opposite may not be a REAL FEMALE. She sends her photos, and the “SHE” too ……of some other female net user and the friendship becomes deeper than ever. Now the story takes a U turn when the girl this side suddenly finds her picture or her story in a very “dirty” forum with her real name publicizing her “naughty desires”. The story can be a bit different too when she gets involved with a male in the chatting box. Many of us have heard about internet chatting – partners turn into real life couples giving a fairy tell finishing of the whole story. The other side of the story is there are some instances also when the girl becomes a FOOL by her net boyfriend who could be even of her father’s age. The male partner one day asks her to step in in the real world from the virtual world at some destination. Imagine the situation where the girl in question finds herself in a DEN or even in a DITCH . If she can escape luckily, she becomes so traumatized that she may even refuse to come back to her normal life