The total number of cybercrime cases registered in 2017, 2018 and 2019 were 21,796; 27,248 and 44,546 respectively according to the data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). This includes 46 cases of cyber terrorism, that were registered under Section 66F of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

In 2019, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has provided a grant of Rs 93.12 crore to all the states and union territories under the ‘Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) Scheme’ to set up these labs and also hired junior cyber consultants and started providing the training and capacity building for the law enforcement personnel.

These labs are commissioned in Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Delhi.

It is part of the “Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), at Cyber Prevention Awareness Detection (CyPAD) in Delhi. It provides early-stage cyber forensic assistance to investigating officers of the states and union territories police.

By – Nandini Dwivedi

Legal Intern, WCSF

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