Fifty four per cent cybercrime victims said they did not get any result after lodging complaints with the authorities seeking remedy, according to a study.
Women aged 18-30 years are the biggest victims of rising cybercrimes in Bangladesh, found the study, conducted by Cyber Crimes Awareness Foundation, launched on Sunday in Dhaka.
The study on ‘the tendency of cybercrimes in Bangladesh’ showed that most of the victims, particularly women, were affected in social media sites as more than 60 per cent of country’s total internet users were using Facebook and other social media sites.
Reading out the findings, the foundation chief coordinator Kazi Mustafiz said that in the last two years they
had asked 133 respondents who were victims of cybercrimes.
Among them, 30 per cent said that they did not know how to take legal action against such crimes, he said.
‘The more shocking thing is that 54 per cent of the victims who had gone to law enforcement agencies to complain, did not get any positive result,’ he said.
Fake accounts in social media, forgery through email, uploading doctored pictures to malign one and threats over social media were the various modes of cybercrimes, which the respondents shared in the study.
Fraudulences over online selling and buying, hacking into social media accounts to use those for committing other crimes and theft over mobile banking were among other reported incidents of cybercrimes.
Addressing the launch, Dhaka University anthropology department teacher Rasheda Rawnak Khan said that the victims often feel discouraged to go police stations or other law enforcement agencies as they often faced objectionable questions there.
She advised social media users, especially the youth, to be more aware about the people they meet, talk and share with in social media.
The foundation advisor AKM Nazrul Islam urged the authorities to provide more support to the victims so that they felt encouraged to come out to lodge complaints.
Information and communication technology ministry deputy secretary Abul Mansur Mohammad Sarfuddin said that government had taken an initiative to aware school students of cybercrimes and etiquettes of the cyber world.
Hundreds of students from 25 schools across country were trained under the initiative last year and this year the campaign included 40 schools, he said.
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