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Child cyber crime surges 32% reveals NCRB data, underlining vulnerability to online risks | India News | #cybercrime | #computerhacker


Recent data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) unveiled last month, paints a concerning picture regarding cyber crimes against children. According to the 2022 report, instances of cybercrimes against minors have surged by 32 percent compared to the previous year.
These cybercrimes involve various offences such as cyber pornography, the dissemination of obscene materials featuring children, cyberstalking, bullying, and related activities, according to an analysis conducted by CRY (Child Rights and You).
Puja Marwaha, CEO of CRY, points out that the COVID-19 pandemic may have inadvertently heightened children’s exposure to online education and entertainment platforms, potentially increasing their vulnerability to online risks. The latest NCRB data validates these concerns. “While keeping children away from online platforms is certainly not an option, we must have more stringent mechanisms to track down the offenders and sanitise the space for the younger generations,” she said.
The NCRB report reveals a total of 1,823 cases of cybercrimes against children in 2022, up from 1,376 the previous year. These crimes include 1,171 cases of cyber pornography or the dissemination of inappropriate content, 158 cases of cyberstalking and bullying, and 416 other cyber-related offences.
Overall, crimes against children in India have increased by 8.73 percent, with a total of 162,449 cases reported in 2022, compared to 149,404 in the preceding year. On average, over 445 crimes against children occur daily across the country, amounting to more than 18 incidents per hour.
A decade-long analysis reveals a worrisome trend, with crimes against children surging by 179 percent between 2013 and 2022, while overall crime rates decreased by 12.3 percent during the same period.
Marwaha attributes the rise in reported cases to heightened awareness leading to increased FIR filings. However, she cautions that many cases, especially in remote areas, likely go unreported, and that the actual scale of crimes against children may be higher than reported.
Kidnapping and abduction, along with offences under the POCSO Act, constitute the majority of crimes against children, accounting for over 85 percent of total cases. Shockingly, nearly 99 percent of sexual offence victims and 97 percent of POCSO-related cases involve girls, with offenders often known to the victims.
Geographically, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and West Bengal witness the highest concentration of crimes against children, collectively representing nearly half of all reported cases. However, Delhi tops the list in terms of crime rates per population, followed by Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Karnataka.
Looking ahead, Marwaha stressed the urgent need to bolster India’s child protection systems, calling for increased resources, both financial and systemic. “The Village Level Child Protection Committees (VLCPC) can play a critical role as the first ports of call to link with the formal system, and can go a long way in maintaining vigilance, and identifying vulnerable children at the community levels,” she said.



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