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Trending : Andhra Pradesh Government Launches ‘E-Rakshabandhan’ Campaign To Train 1 Lakh Women How To Fight Against Cyber Crime. We Think It’s A Befitting Gift!

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Just a couple of days ago while catching up with a fellow writer and a friend, we spoke about what working from home in a lockdown has been like, she shared an incident with me, that unfortunately wasn’t the first of its kind. She recalled this one time while on a zoom call with her colleagues, how her account and screen got hacked. The hackers hurled abuses and tried to coerce the women into switching their video on. Her experience reminded me of so many others of cyber harassment and crime women are often subjected to.

If it is not eve teasing, it is guys dropping lewd and nasty remarks on your feed, or hacking your calls or even photoshopping your photos to blackmail you into doing things you’d never even dream of. Cyber space is no better a space for women as the streets, on which we always walk while looking over our shoulders. And as the gravity of such cyber crime has increased during the lockdown, the government seems to have finally paid heed to it, and taken a step to nip this problem in the bud.

This after the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched ‘E-RakshaBandhan’ campaign at the Tadepalli Chief Minister camp office, with a view to create awareness among the public on the sharp rise in the cyber crimes in the Andhra Pradesh State. Jointly designed by Andhra Pradesh Police Department and the Crime Investigation Department, and partnered by Cyber Crime Prevention Against Women and Children (CCPWC), Cyber Peace Foundation, and other different organisations, this is going to be a month-long initiative to spread the word.

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To be hosted in forms of webinars, workshops, competition, traversing through different topics related to cyber crimes, this campaign will aim at teaching women and girls ways to protect and keep themselves safe from online attacks. Which at this point is the need of the hour. The DGP also shared that as many as 1 lakh women would be trained under this campaign, with classes going on from 11 a.m. to 12 noon every day.

Along with this, a cyber crime portal has also been opened to facilitate victims/ complainants to report cyber crime complaints online. This would be the portal where complaints about child abuse, domestic violence, rape victim support, sexual harassment at workplace and street harassment can be filed so further action can be taken against them and sooner.

Proudly talking about how Andhra Pradesh government has already established 18 Disha police stations across the State for speedy investigation and trial of cases related to sexual offences against women, the chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is hopeful for this initiative also to kick in and bring change.

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