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3,659 cybercrime cases filled over 6 years, only 25 punished

  • Published at 12:08 pm March 28th, 2019
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The Cyber Tribunal was established in 2013

Over the last six years, some 3,659 cases related to cybercrime have been lodged in Bangladesh. 

Of them, 1,575 cases went to the Cyber Tribunal that was established on 28 July, 2013. 

According to the Police’s Crime Data Management Systems, only 522 cases were settled, and criminals were punished in only 25 cases.

Md Nazrul Islam Shamim, special public prosecutor of Cyber Tribunal, said: “Till date, we have received 1,575 cases. Of them, 522 were resolved. In 25 cases, criminals were punished.”

The spreading of malicious lies through false social media accounts, uploading of private photos without consent, publication and dissemination of defamatory allegations, and uploading of obscene images fall under cybercrimes.

ID hacking, stealing of credit card information, intimidation via social media, and luring of unsuspecting people into online financial scams—plus other net-based fraud—also fall under the definition.

A survey reveals that 34% of cybercrime victims are between the age of 19 and 25. Among the victims, 53% are women while 47% are men.

Police Headquarters Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Sohel Rana: “Keeping different kinds of cybercrime in mind, we are trying to increase the capacity of the police.”

“A cyber monitoring unit has also been formed with the latest technology,” he said adding that international training is also being arranged for the officials.

Nazrul Islam Shamim: “Since the government does not have a agreement with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, or Skype  we do not get cooperation from them regarding cases.”

Lawyer Tuhin Howlader said: “Apart from evidence, witnesses also play an important role in cybercrime cases. These cases are filed in different police stations across Bangladesh. Even though trials begin in Dhaka after the submission of the chargesheets in the cases, the witnesses are absent most of the time.

“The witnesses do not have any idea about cyber laws and they tend to lend importance to the cost of travel. In the absence of witnesses, the accused take advantage.”