Pioneers of Change on Social Media

Pioneers of Change on Social Media

Social Surfing
Living in suburban parts of the country we seldom witness social evils like child marriage being practiced around us. This however, is far from the reality. Even today India is among one of the ten countries that have the highest number of child brides in the world and it is estimated that almost 47% of the girls in India are married before they turn eighteen, which is the legal age for marriage of girls. Although a large percentage of the boys in the country also fall victim to child marriages, the numbers are much higher for girls reiterating the social disadvantage they are subjected to. Policies and laws like the Child Marriages Prohibition Act (2006) lay down a strong legal framework to battle the issue however, these cannot improve the…
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Facebook Changes- For the Better!

Facebook Changes- For the Better!

Social Surfing
For more than a decade now, Facebook has revolutionized social interaction, and communication across the world, among people of diverse cultures and a myriad of ages. With its constantly changing updates, and introduction of new features periodically, Facebook is a trendsetter, and the 'King' among all social media platforms. Now, Facebook has introduced Graphic Interchange Format, or commonly known as 'GIF' on its platform. Now, users have the option of not only using text and images to comment, they can also use GIFs to express their feelings more accurately. While this option was rolled out on the Facebook messenger last year, it is only now that it has been incorporated on the app and desktop versions, as part of the comment bar. While social media has certainly made communication extremely…
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Redressal Mechanisms for Cyber Crimes in India

Redressal Mechanisms for Cyber Crimes in India

#TalkingSafety, Online Safety
The 21st century has brought to us new communication technologies and advancements that pose subtle yet powerful threats to the evolving society. Along with traditional forms of security, our society now faces a unique and rapidly emerging threat in the form of cyber crimes. In 2016, there were almost 40,000 cyber crime cases reported in India. With the numbers only increasing every year there is an urgent need to establish effective relief mechanisms for action against cyber criminals and relief to the victims. Multinational corporations and governments of various countries are employing and training manpower to equip them with the skills required in tackling cyber crime and tracing the people behind such attacks. In India, the government has taken concrete measures to establish mechanisms taking complaints of victims and providing…
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Cyber Crime Cells in India: What We Have Versus What We Need

Cyber Crime Cells in India: What We Have Versus What We Need

Online Safety
Our lives today are inextricably bound with technology. The cyber world is very much a part of our real lives and thus also has the massive power to impact the same. While, the internet along with the various other technologies that enhance our experiences in the cyber world, has made life much simpler, it has also given the rise to a new kind of threat to our security in the form of cyber crimes. Acknowledging the potential of negative impact that these cyber crimes may have on the minds of its users, governments across the world are working on mechanisms that provide support to victims and initiate action against cyber offenders. In India too, as a part of the Criminal Investigation Department there are a number of cyber cell units…
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Staying Safe in Cyber World

Staying Safe in Cyber World

#TalkingSafety
With India set to reach over 500 million mobile internet users this year, the cyber world has become an extension of our real world and very much a part of our lived reality. With the National Crime Records Bureau recording 3,27,394 reported cases of crimes against women in 2015, a reflection of the high rate of crime online had to be expected. It is in this light that we see the arrest of a cable operator in West Bengal’s Serampore. Caught for allegedly taking obscene photos of college girls and working women while standing at the bus stop or while paying the cable bill, and posting them on a specific Facebook account containing obscene pictures. He was arrested because a woman filed a police complaint on finding out from her…
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