In a first, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to upgrade the quality of cyber crime investigations in the country. In the relation to various cybercrime cases, the MHA has crafted a special program for the judicial officers, prosecutors and police officers to help them study significant issues. The cases include the 2004 DPS MMS case, cryptocurrencies fraud case, ransomware, cyber-stalking, creation of fake social media profiles, frauds on e-wallets, stenography, etc. The MHA urged the state governments to spread awareness on cases like “phone fraud” and other such crimes. In communication with the Chief Secretaries of states and union territories, the MHA raised a concern on the increasing use of smartphones and the internet. Asserting on the Nirbhaya Fund, the ministry said that it would be providing special financial aid to train 27,500 police officers, prosecutors, and judicial officers in cyber crime awareness program for days and 13,500 officials in 5 days. It further said that assistance of Rs 3,000 per trainee will be provided for the three-day course and Rs 5,000 per trainee will be given for the five-day program.
In the third week of February, the National Police Academy and the Madhya Pradesh government designed another course for the officers which was called the train the trainer (ToT) program. According to IE, all states were asked to nominate officers who would take part in the program and efforts were made to include as many women officers as possible in the course, too. The entire program was divided into 10 sections, starting from the basic knowledge of devices to the use of storage media like hard discs, pen drives, etc. The participants would also learn the various kinds of cyber crimes that take place in the country starting with hacking to online frauds to email threats. They would also gain an immense amount of knowledge on phishing, malware, website hacking, cyber ware-fare, etc.
Another session was conceptualised on the idea of appreciating an electronic evidence, followed by the challenges faced while conducting a trial in a cyber crime case. The trainees would undergo group exercises which would help them “apply the relevant law, write a report on the cyber crime (and) counsel the victim.” As reported by The Indian Express, the main aim of the program is to familiarise the officers with technology and the challenges that lie therein. A lot of focus would be put upon understanding the crimes that take place against both women and children.