Kerala preparing new law to tackle cyber crimes

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan Monday told the state assembly that a comprehensive law is being prepared to tackle the increasing number of cyber crimes being reported in the state.

“We are working with the legal department to see that a comprehensive law is worked out. The current IT Act does not have enough teeth because it was formed a few years back, and since then the world of technology has changed dramatically. So that has to be amended,” Balakrishnan said.

Replying to a calling attention motion moved by Congress leader Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, the minister said a full-fledged cyber police station has already started functioning here as the first step to tackle the menace.

Moving the motion, Radhakrishnan stressed that the use of mobile phones in educational institutions should be banned as it would go a long way in checking cyber crime.

“The mobile and the Internet have now been identified as root causes of cyber crimes and most of the victims are women and girls. A cyber fraud information centre has to be opened,” said Radhakrishnan.

Balakrishnan said: “We have already started to computerise all police stations and also train police officials on the ways to conduct investigation into cyber frauds with the help of C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing).”

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