HYDERABAD: There has been a sharp increase in the incidence of cyber crimes in the country. The number of cases registered in 2013 under the IT Act has gone up by 52 per cent at 4,192 as against 2,761 in the previous year.
If you add the cases registered under the IPC, the total number of cyber crimes cases crosses the 5,500-mark. The police across the country arrested 3,301 persons in connection with these cases.
Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh (undivided) have topped the list with 681 and 635 persons, respectively in cases under the IT Act, both showing almost 50 per cent of growth in cyber crimes over the previous year. In the previous year, Maharashtra registered 471 and Andhra Pradesh 429.
According to the latest data provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the official chronicler of crimes of all sorts in the country, cyber crimes registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has shown much higher growth rate of 122 per cent in 2013 over the previous year’s figure. The IPC cases went up to 1,316 in 2013 from 595 in the previous year. Maharashtra topped the list here too with the cops booking 226 cases in this category.
The other States with high number of cases booked under the IT Act include Karnataka (513), Kerala (349), Madhya Pradesh (282) and Rajasthan (239). Gujarat showed a decline with the number coming down to 61 from 68 in the previous year.
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Source: Hindu Businessline