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Fraud, sexual harassment top motives for cyber crime

In the state, a total of 907 cases of cyber crime were registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Information Technology Act.

Fraud and sexual harassment have emerged as the most common motives for individuals to commit cyber crimes in Mumbai in 2013, data released by the NCRB has shown.

In the state, a total of 907 cases of cyber crime were registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Information Technology Act. Of these, 681 cases were registered last year under the I.T. Act, up from 417 in 2012 – an increase of 44.6%. Likewise, 226 crimes were registered in the state under the IPC, an increase of 151.1% from 90 crimes in 2012.

A bulk of the 78 people arrested in Mumbai and charged under the I.T. Act and the IPC are aged between 18 and 30 years. Under the I.T. Act, 11 accused were aged between 18 and 30 years, while under the IPC, 24 accused were found to be aged between 18 and 30.

In the state, eve teasing or harassment accounts for 233 cases, while the motive has been stated as fraud or illegal gain in 210 cases, greed in 133 cases and causing disrepute in 75 cases.

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Relatives, friends and neighbours have emerged as the most common suspects in 174 cases in Maharashtra and 14 cases in Mumbai. In the state, a total of 603 people were arrested and charged under both acts. Of these, 214 accused charged under the I.T. Act were aged between 18 and 30.

In Mumbai, a total of 318 cases of cyber crime were registered, of which hacking and forgery were found to be the most commonly committed crimes. Of the 226 cases registered under the I.T. Act, 215 were incidents of forgery, whereas under the IPC, 89 of 92 cases were those of forgery.

srinath.rao@expressindia.com