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3.1% cybercrime conviction in West Bengal in 2019-21: Report | Kolkata News | #cybercrime | #infosec

KOLKATA: Bengal has secured conviction of 3.1% of all persons chargesheeted in cybercrime-related cases in 2019-2021, according to a report tabled in Parliament. The figure is slightly lower than the national average of 3.4%. Jharkhand has a conviction rate of 6.6%.
Bengal reported 1,749 cases in 2019-2021, about 1.8% of all cybercrime cases reported in the country. A total of 773 persons were charge sheeted and 663 persons were arrested. There were 21 convictions, all of which were under Kolkata Police jurisdiction. Kolkata reported 220 cases in 2021, a rise from 172 reported in 2020 and 160 recorded in pre-Covid 2019. “The 28% hike can be attributed to overall rise in cyber fraud during the pandemic,” said DC (Cyber) Atul V. The rise in cybercrimes in Kolkata comes at a time when the numbers have dropped across the nation – from a total of 18,657 cases in 2020, it was 17,115 in 2021.
The data released by NCRB for Kolkata showed 25 cases pertaining to fraud. Cyber bullying and cyber stalking – including extortion – emerged as the second biggest motive. In 31 cases in 2021, sexual exploitation was the motive. In 2020, 54 were cases of personal extortion, cyber bullying and stalking.
Special prosecutor and cybercrime expert Bivas Chatterjee said, “We need effective trial monitoring. There is reluctance to use digital evidence that can make a case stronger. Officers have not been trained enough to collect cyber evidence.” Sandeep Sengupta, cybercrime expert and trainer said Bengal has trained 5,000 assistant sub-inspectors to handle cybercrimes. “Bengal is now in a transitionary phase and things will get better,” said Sengupta.
Cyber expert Shyam Lall said another reason hampering investigations is the lack of a robust information-sharing model.

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