Extension lecture on cyber crime: a threat to women held at MIER

Jammu, Jan 20: An extension lecture on the topic ‘Cyber Crime: A Threat to Women’was organized by the Smt. Shanti Gupta Centre for Women Studies (SSGCWS), MIER College of Education to commemorate the Cyber Safety week. The resource person was Mr Mudasik Basu, DySp Crime Department, J&K.Dr. Renu Gupta, Principal and Director, MIER presided over the function.HODs of various Departments of the College also graced the occasion besides the faculty and students of the B.Ed. and M.Ed. departments.

The program commenced with the inauguration of the wall magazine on the theme “Violence Against Women and Cyber Crime” by the chief guest.

Dr Renu Gupta extended awarm welcome to the resource person and introduced the resource person as an officer who has served in different capacities in the police department of Jammu and Kashmir. While addressing the audience, she said thatcybercrime is a crime in which a computer is the object of the crime or is used as a tool to commit an offense. Today it has become a matter of great concern as the younger generation; especially women are becoming victim of cyber crime and bullying due to increased access to technology. She further elaborated that there are many resources such as websites and blogs that provide safety information regarding cyber crime.

In his address, Mr. Basu explained the audience that cyber crime is an offence committed against an individualwith a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet, chat rooms, emails, mobile phones etc. It is a global phenomenon. He elaborated upon various forms of cyber crimes such as cyber-stalking, cyber pornography, defamation, email spoofing with focus on women and provided examples from day-to-day life. In addition, Mr. Basu highlighted the benefits of cyber security and elaborated on various ways to create strong security setups. He busted some of the common myths and misgivings about the internet hacking and use of varied security settings on social media. Mr. Basu urged the audience to report the security breach to the concerned authorities for taking necessary action and also to combat cyber crime.

The lecture was followed by an interactive session in which the audience participated enthusiastically and posed their queries. The program was conducted by Ms Diva Jyot Oberoi, a B.Ed. student. A formal vote of thanks was proposed by Ms. Monika Rathore, Coordinator Center of Women Studies MIER.

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