Cases of hate speech, emotional assault or tracking of fake profiles are addressed only when a complaint is lodged.“We get an average of three to four such cases on a daily basis. However, women, who are most commonly abused on social media, hesitate to approach the police. Despite reiterating that their identity will be kept confidential, they are under constant fear,” says B Ramesh, SI from the Hyderabad Cyber Crime police station.
The ongoing two-day Police Expo is all about spreading awareness among the public on ways to prevent vulnerability on social media among other things.Investigation of cases taken up by the Cyber Crimes wing of the Crime Investigation Department begins after the complaint is registered. The most recent case where Movie Artists’ Association complained of obscene content of actresses and fake profiles of actors being published on social media was taken up only after it was reported. The offender Pradeep Dasari was traced in Bengaluru, from where he operated the content.
While the investigation process should remain undisclosed, the officers informed that they have ways to retrieve data and offenders will be caught even if they try tamper with it.“If a woman complains that her photos are being misused and names the offender, it is natural for him to delete any trace. We have systems in place that will help us retrieve it, legally,” said a volunteer.In the cases of social media abuse, where the offender often blackmails the victim, the social media policies become a hinderance, said Ramesh.