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19k cybercrimes, 3 convictions: ‘Limited tech expertise to blame’ | Mumbai News | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

MUMBAI: Merely three out of a total 19,175 cyberfraud cases recorded in the city between 2013 to June 20, 2023, have resulted in convictions, response to an RTI query shows.
Experts blame the low conviction rate on faulty investigation and lack of knowledge about how cyber frauds are executed. Meanwhile, 11 people were acquitted during the period.
The RTI data and Mumbai police statistics showed 2,587 individuals were arrested in the 10 years for various online frauds across city police stations. The maximum arrests at 452 were made in 2021.
Prashant Mali, cyber crime lawyer, told TOI: “Conviction leads to deterrence or even jail without bail. In cyberfrauds, the IT Act of 2000 has all bailable sections. Getting bail makes fraudsters repeat offenders in another state. We need special cyber police with special training and a network across the states to nab fraudsters.”
A senior IPS officer said there are around 2.5 lakh cases across the country, including financial cybercrime involving small amounts which receive little attention. He said detection is low because police are often reluctant to visit remote areas from where criminals operate due to inadequate security.
Former Mumbai police commissioner and ex-state DGP D Sivanandhan said, “I wonder what kind of technical evidence our investigation officers produce in the courts. Understanding such complex matters is necessary for public prosecutors since cybercrime is changing all the time.”


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