New Delhi, Jan 2: To block or not block websites is the subject matter of debate here. While there has been a lot of criticism over the blocking of websites and many stating that it is not the right approach, there is also a practical problem attached to this entire problem.
The ISIS alone has 23,000 sympathisers on the web running handles on social networking sites for them. The moment one website is taken down another appears hence indicating that the battle is a never-ending one. While this is one part of the problem the bigger challenge for India is getting websites to take down objectionable content.
With a conviction rate of 0.5 per cent in cyber crime related cases and 90 per cent of the cases resulting in acquittal due to non-cooperation from website owners, the battle ahead is a very tough one.
IT hub does not have a single conviction:
Bengaluru is the IT hub of the nation. While this is considered to be one of the most tech savvy cities in the country, the irony is that there has not been a single conviction in a case of cyber crime in this city.
The cyber crime cell in Bengaluru was set up in the year 2001 and till date there is not been a single conviction in any of the cases that have been registered. The head of the cyber crime cell argues that since most of the service providers are based in the US, it becomes a herculean task to communicate with them.
They never respond to our complaints and there are instances where cases have been pending since the past 8 years for the want of a response. Tired of waiting we go ahead and file the chargesheet and the case ends up in an acquittal since the website owners never hand out the proof that we had sought for, the officer points out.
Acquittal rate at 90 per cent:
Getting a conviction in a case of cyber crime has become rare in India. So far there have been around 18,000 complaints registered with the various cyber cells in the country.
While the complaints are registered in quick time, the problem is the want of proof. For a cyber police official it is impossible to investigate a case unless and until the websites provide the data that is requested.
In the absence of cooperation from websites cases end up in acquittal. There nConeeds to be some amount of fear in the minds of these website owners. India is a big market for them and they have to cooperate every time we send them a request.
In the absence of such cooperation the only way to deal with them is through might and at times blocking them entirely does help points out an officer with the Anti Terror Cell.
In most of the cases the witnesses turn hostile or there is complete lack of evidence. The officers have no option but to file closure reports in most of the cases as they tend to reach a dead end for the lack of cooperation.
Experts would say that there is a need for better cooperation between countries while addressing the issue of cyber crime. With terror breeding on the internet these days the resolve of nations should become even more stronger.
India and Israel to partner:
India and Israel have now decided to partner with each other in fighting the menace of both terror on the internet and cyber crime. India's biggest problem emerges from China and Pakistan on the internet.
In a recent meeting in Israel, Home Minister Rajnath Singh discussed the importance of this partnership in fighting cyber crime. The two nations agreed to work together on this aspect.