Monday, August 24, 2009

Cyber Regulations Appellate Tribunal Of India: A Dream Or Reality

Over two years after the Cyber Regulations Appellate Tribunal (CRAT) — the maiden forum in the country to exclusively try cyber cases — became functional, it recently got a new address and a well-equipped courtroom. However, the red tape policy of Indian government has not allowed it to be an effective cyber crimes redressal forum.

Firstly, there is a general lack of awareness among not only the public but the law enforcement as well. This has resulted a lower rate of cyber crime reporting in India till now. Secondly, even the judicial officers are not aware about the basics of cyber law and cyber crimes. This has resulted in lower conviction rates in India.

The CRAT cannot effectively serve its purpose till we make it functional in every aspect. The manpower need training, the government needs to be serious, law enforcement must be aware about cyber crimes, etc.