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Cyber Stalking

cyber stalking

India has climbed the top rank in internet usage and it is tops in cyberstalking and cyberbullying. As technology is getting advance the way of performing crime is getting advance as well. So in this post, we are going to learn about cyberstalking.

India ranks no.3 in cyberstalking and cyberbullying after China and Hong Kong. Cyberstalking involves using electronic means, including the Internet, to stalk or harass a person or group of people. Including threats, solicitation for sex, false accusations, defamation, slander, libel, identity theft, and vandalism. Cyberstalking is often in conjunction with offline stalking. As both are an expression of a desire to control, intimidate, or manipulate a victim.

What is Cyberbullying?

  • Actions using information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, intended to harm another or others.
  • Use of communication technologies for the intention of harming another person.
  • Use of Internet service and mobile technologies such as web pages and discussion groups as well as instant messaging or SMS text messaging with the intention of harming another person.

What is Cyber stalking?

  • Cyber stalking is a kind of digital stalking, so the Cyber stalker stalks the victim by digital means.
  • The close definition implies the monitoring of the victim’s online activity, sometimes the cyber stalking converts into stalking.
  • Cyber stalking becomes harmful if the Cyber stalker move into action and acts in order to take psychological harm to the victim.

Facts of Cyberbullying

Statistics of cyberbullying helps in discovering that bullying in schools kids is at the majority. To understand what is cyberbullying and how to stop bullying first let’s get to know some facts about cyberbullying:

  • 1 in 4 kids is bully more than once. And in total 43% of the kids have fallen prey to cyber bullying or anti-bullying
  • India ranks at number 3 in the list of online bullying cases as per the survey conducted by Microsoft in 2012 in 25 countries
  • 70% of the cyber bullying or anti-bullying activities happen over facebook
  • Usage of mobile phones by almost 80% of the teens makes it a common and most popular medium for anti-bullying.
  • Its believed by the 81% of youth that getting away with online bullying is easy as compared to traditional bullying
  • 90% of teens agree that have ignored the cyber bullying while some of the youth has taken a step to stop bullying
  • Girls are more preferred victims of cyber bullying as compared to boys
  • Meanwhile, victims of cyber bullying or anti-bullying are 2 to 9 times more prone to committing suicide.

Cyberbullying laws in India:

  • Section 507  IPC –  The section states that if anyone receives criminal intimidation by way of an anonymous communication then the person giving threats shall be punished with imprisonment for up to two years. By virtue of the word anonymous the offense of anti-bullying and cyberbullying is included in this section.
  • Section 66 E of IT Act – The section prescribes punishment for violation of privacy. The section states that any person who intentionally violates privacy by transmitting, capturing, or publishing private pictures of others shall be punished with up to three years imprisonment or a fine of up to three lakhs.