Only 2% of Cyber Crime cases can be investigated
Bangalore is the largest IT hub in the country.
Their capacity is to investigate approximately 100 cases per year. More than half of the cases are related to Section 66 (c) and 66 (d) of the IT Act ie Identity Theft and online cheating. Some cases were registered under section 420 of IPC ie Cheating.
This news is similar to a good news for cyber criminals, that is, if they commit a lot of minor value crime, the police can not take any action on such cases. The police will be tied down with larger and higher denomination cases. It also imply that for the management of cyber crime cases in Bengaluru to handle 5000, there should be about 200 cyber crime police stations - that is, 200 inspectors. Situation is worse in the rest of India.
Today, Information Technology has become an integral part of our lives. Now, as most of the money and business will be online, cyber crimes are bound grow. The worst affected will be the poor people, who do not know how to report a fictitious crime and their complaints will not be easily written, because their cases will be of a lesser amount. Even if a report is written, then the police has no capacity to investigate.
That's why probably we need an amendment in the Information Technology Act. Cyber crime should be treated like any other crime and investigated accordingly. Only the Hi-Tech complex case should go to Cyber Crime Cell. day - to day cybercrime case should be registered at every police station, and with application of procedural filter, the cases which are complex in nature for the ordinary police officer should be sent to cyber crime cell.
If every police station has to handle cyber crime. They should have the knowledge and authority to collect cyber evidence. General lawyers and judges are also required to know day to day cyber crime and every aspect related to it.