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UPSC Civils Daily Mains Question 23rd June-2021

Examine various government initiatives against cyberbullying on women. Are they sufficient?(150 words)

Cyberbullying is defined by PK Smith et al. as an “aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend himself or herself.” Most definitions of bullying rely upon three criteria; intent to harm, imbalance of power, and repetition of the act. COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenges that women face. The National Commission for Women has reported a surge in domestic violence and cybercrimes, which has made girls and women more vulnerable as they struggle to fight another pandemic of violence and abuse inside their homes and online.

Cyber bullying is seen through below instances

Cyber bullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content.

  • It includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else.
  • It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.
  • Some cyber bullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behaviour.

Government Initiatives against Cyberbullying:

Guidelines by NCERT: Because of lack of awareness about cyber bullying among the children’s, teachers as well as the parents, NCERT came up with three guideline booklets one for teachers one for school and one for students. For students it’s in the form of DO’s & DON’Ts. · The Government of India has come up with a ministry of home affairs Cybercrime reporting portal · For generating awareness in the state of Delhi, Delhi police has come up with an initiative in which Police visits school administration to get aware of cyberbullying and also engage workshops for computer teachers.

Though there are many government initiatives there is much need to do with cyber bullying because of its challenges. Hence the government measures are not sufficient and more steps have to be taken to prevent cyber bullying


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