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[ISN] India should have exhaustive cyber laws to deal with cyber crimes
From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Tue Jan 09 2007 - 05:05:05 CST
Gujarat Global News Network
Inadequate laws and lack of awareness among people and police are the
two biggest factors for the growing menace of cyber crime in India. The
scale of problem is not known just because victims of cyber crime do not
come forward. This is how leading cyber law expert of the country Pavan
Duggal sums up the twilight zone of cyber laws in the country.
Duggal, a Supreme Court advocate has a repository of number of cases of
cyber crimes in India to prove his point that the new type of crime has
come to stay in India and is flourishing. This is just because of lack
of Laws and awareness among people, he says. Cyber terrorism a great
challenge to Indian police in the coming days, according to him.
In the last 11 years only two persons have been convicted for cyber
crimes in India. Even after amendments made in the IT Act 2000 in
December last the Act is obsolete. Initially the Act had only six types
of offences in its purview. There is an urgent need for an exhaustive
and all comprehensive IT Act to deal with the fast growing problem of
Duggal was in Anand city for the launch of Asia's first cyber law clinic
which will be run by the students of SEMCOM, an institution of Charutar
Vidya Mandal. The clinic will be run with the active participation of
Duggal. Appreciating the initiative of SEMCOM, Duggal said there was
great need for forum where victims of cyber crimes can raise their voice
and they have access to information.
Duggal strongly feels that there is great need for the capacity building
in this sphere. Today police is not willing to register cyber cases and
in majority of cases it was not equipped to deal with such offences.
Even the judicial system is to be sensitized to this new dimension of
the law, he says.
He agrees that cyber laws should be part of legal education as a special
subject. He listed financial frauds, identity theft, phishing and data
theft as major areas of cyber crime while describing cyber terrorism as
the biggest threat looming large in cyberspace. Police should not only
have knowledge of laws, but also tools to effectively deal with cyber
He said that another practical problem of evolving effective cyber laws
is the fact that while technology was growing at a great pace, the law
making process was at the old snail pace. Giving an example he said that
the IT Act came into force in 2000, it took full six years for
amendments to the Act. And the situation is such that nature of the
problem has grown many fold during this period and the Act with the
amendment is as obsolete as the Act of 2000!
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