According to this survey of Future Crime Research Foundation (FCRF), 80 % of Cyber Crimes in India happen through 10 districts such as Bharatpur, Mathura etc., which I call “Dark Villages of India”.
Over 77.41 % of the frauds are reported to be online financial frauds where money is siphoned off from innocent victims into residents of these dark villages.
This money lost in the cyber crimes is of the order of Rs 2,50,000 crores. This means that criminals in Bharatpur must be making around Rs 50000/- crores per year through Cyber Crimes and Banks in Bharatpur must be laundering money to that extent.
While these statistics raise the alarm, we also need to think. if 60% of Cyber Crimes in India happen in five places namely Bharatpur, Mathura, Nuh, Deogarh and Jamtara, can we not consider these as “Crime Districts”, take over these towns under Central Emergency Rule , deploy Special Police force, close down the operations of erring Banks and Mobile service providers in the area so that Rs 125000/- crores worth of Cyber Crimes can be brought under control?
Letting small police stations and a few constables to handle cyber crimes of this magnitude shows gross mis-management of the crime situation by the respective states and intervention of the Center is required. In a recent incident Police were chased away by villagers and criminals who had been taken into custody have been freed forcefully.
When Rs 125,000 crores per annum is supporting this Cyber Crime mafia, it is natural that it would have its influence on the Police and also the politics of the region. Unless some special efforts are taken, this menace will not come down. On the other hand this will increase and these criminals will become political leaders and start controlling the MHA in due course.
The time is to act now…..
In the past “Declaration of Emergency” has been only to protect the political regime. Border areas have seen special forces act being imposed because of threat of terrorism.
What we are seeing in these 10 districts is also “Terrorism”. It is not only Financial terrorism but includes drug trade and arms trade.
If people are today afraid of online transactions, it means that Section 66F offence is being committed by these criminals because they are “striking terror” in a section of people.
Hence there is a need to declare financial emergency in these districts and rush central forces, take over the district administration, kill the support system of money laundering in the form of local Banks and mobile operators.
Shall we expect Mr Amit Shah, the Home Minister to react?
Let us discuss these issues in today’s hybrid webinar-seminar conducted by FDPPI and Manipal Law School.
The webinar is between 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm and stalwarts like the Cyber Singham, Dr Triveni Singh and Cyber Security Veteran Dr Gulshan Rai are set to share their views along with academicians, advocates, Cyber Crime Prevention activists, Technology experts etc.
Join without fail and celebrate the Digital Society Day as Naavi.org remembers the 23rd anniversary of the notification of ITA 2000.
Also Refer: Deepak Maheshwari’s article on the 420.in