The term ”cyber bullying” is the combination of two words “ cyber” and “bullying”. The meaning of the cyber is given in the dictionary as “ relating to or characteristic of the culture of computers, information technology, and virtual reality” and Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others.
If cyber bullying comes under the categorisation of a cyber-crime then appropriate action can be taken. There is no precise definition for the word cyber-crime. So it is basically a “crime” which is punishable under the under IPC and other laws. So cyber-crime is an act of illegal act done with the help or through the medium of computers and the word computer has been defined under the IT Act 2000 as means any electronic magnetic, optical or other high-speed data processing device or system which performs logical, arithmetic, and memory functions by manipulations of electronic, magnetic or optical impulses, and includes all input, output, processing, storage, computer software, or communication facilities which are connected or related to the computer in a computer system or computer network;. So it should be kept in mind that the information technology act has a wide purview and it extends outside India too.
Cyber bullying can be in the form of posting vulgar or any distorting comments about the victim. Some examples of cyber-crimes are creating fake profile in one’s name in social networking/professional websites, Online hate communities against religions, race, caste etc.
ANTI CYBER BULLYING LAWS IN INDIA
CYBER CRIMES- CONCERNS
- Cyber crimes does have any borders and can spread over territories and jurisdictions so proper training is required for the officers handling the same.
- Proper mechanism to protect the evidence should be there in place.
- It is an evolving law and more training and knowledge building measures should be adopted by the governments to tackle the issue.