Hyderabad: Women Safety Wing of Telangana Police is all set to launch CybHER, an initiative to make the digital realm safer for women and children.

Organized in collaboration with the Symbiosis Law School’s Legal Aid Center and supported by Cyber Peace, UNICEF, ISAC, and WiCSP (Women in Cyber Security and Privacy), the month-long programme will be held online on the official website of the Women Safety Wing.

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“The pandemic resulted in a significant increase in cybercrimes especially against women and children,” said B Sumathi, DIG, Women Protection Cell, who heads the initiative.

She added that the police are now re-devising their strategies to make digital space comfortable and secure for the communities rather than limiting their time online.

Currently scheduled for a month, the programme will be focusing on a specific cybercrime weekly. Seminars, live video sessions, quizzes, poster competitions, and interactive sessions are all lined up for the audience.

For the first week, the focus will be on cyberstalking, which as per the DIG, saw a four to five percent increase during the lockdown. Violation of privacy, obscenity, and impersonation related crimes will be discussed in the weeks that follow.

“People log onto websites without understanding privacy concerns and this has only increased our vulnerability,” she said.

The team at Women Safety Wing had initially conducted a flash survey with the Education Department of Telangana in rural and urban setups to understand the extent of cyber vulnerability especially among teenagers.

The primary result of the survey was the realization that 30-40% hardly knew the simple modus operandi of cybercrime, as well as the terminology they need to be familiar with to ensure cybersecurity.

“Youngsters online have become used to online crimes such as identity theft, pornography, violation of privacy, or stalking,” she said.

PV Sindhu, Rakesh Tanden. Pavan Duggal and several other popular figures will be joining the team in the initial run of the programs.

To be part of the programme, one can log on to www.cybher.in, and register with their mobile number or email ID.

The program will be held online, on the official website of Women Safety Wing. Once registration is complete, updates will be sent to the audience directly.

Priyali Dhingra

Priyali Dhingra is a post graduate in Communication Studies from Hyderabad Central University. She has previously worked as a photojournalist, editorial, and graphic design intern in The Indian Express, Newslaundry, and NDTV. Reigning from Delhi, she has an avid interest in photojournalism, and all things visual. She has also represented India as a delegate in the JENESYS 2019 Student Exchange Program with the Government of Japan. Having pursued her graduation in history from Delhi University, she was also a part of her college's theatre society. Her primary interests include: photography, poetry & politics.

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