How to report a cybercrime in India

What constitutes a cybercrime incident in India, where to report it, and how to go about it.

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The government has announced spending of INR 415.86 crore on the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center (I4C), a sprawling scheme encompassing seven separate agencies including the National Cybercrime Forensic Laboratory, the National Cybercrime Threat Analytics Unit, and the National Cybercrime Reporting Portal.

The portal’s role is to facilitate the reporting of all types of cybercrimes, with a special focus on those committed against women and children. In its first five months of operation, it received reports of 33,152 cybercrime incidents.

That’s a big increase on the 27,248 cybercrimes that Statista says were reported in India for the whole of 2018 – but the number is likely to soar higher still. In early April, federal home ministry officials said that cybercrime had risen 86 percent in the preceding four-week period.

Its unclear whether the new reporting portal will help bring cybercriminals to justice: Just 790 of those 33,152 reports led to Law Enforcement Agencies registering First Information Reports. And even if the law is brought to bear, a 2008 amendment of the Indian IT Act classified most cybercrime covered under the Indian Penal Code as cognizable (bailable) offences. 

Nevertheless, if it’s not reported, it won’t be investigated, still less prosecuted. Therefore, CSOonline offers this guide to reporting cybercrime in India.

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