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States to have cyber forensic labs & DNA examination facilities to deal with crimes against women

The boost to forensic investigation capabilities will cost more than Rs 200 crore and is being implemented under the Centre’s Nirbhaya Fund.

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New Delhi: States are soon going to have cyber forensic laboratories and DNA examination facilities to deal with the growing number of crimes against women, officials said on Saturday.

DNA testing facilities are being set up at forensic science laboratories of 13 states and Union Territories — Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Delhi — at a cost of Rs 131.09 crore.

Cyber forensic laboratories and cyber forensic training facilities are being set up in these states as part of the Rs 223.19-crore Cyber Crime Prevention Against Women and Children project, a home ministry official said.

Five states – Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Uttarakhand – have already set up cyber forensic training laboratories.

A total of 3,664 personnel, including 410 public prosecutors and judicial officers, have been trained for the purpose.

The project is being implemented under the Nirbhaya Fund, set up by the central government for projects specifically designed to improve the safety and security of women.

An empowered committee of officers, headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, apprises and recommends projects to be funded under the Nirbhaya Fund, the official said.

The empowered committee also reviews and monitors the progress of the schemes/ projects. Once it is recommended by the committee, the ministry/department concerned has to take approval of the competent authority.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 12,187 cyber crime cases were registered across India in 2016 in comparison to 11,331 cases in 2015.

There was a 20.5 per cent increase in the number of cyber crime cases in 2015 over 2014 and 6.3 per cent increase in such cases in 2016 over 2015.

Also read: Kidnappings double, rape cases up as Haryana sees sharp rise in crimes against women


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