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Rising cyberbullying cases in Maharashtra worrisome: NCRB

10:42 AM Oct 18, 2021 | Priyanka Navalkar

Maharashtra registered the highest number of cyberbullying cases in the country, as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report.

The pandemic fuelled 2020 witnessed a total of 140 cases among minors in India, out of which 69 were from the state. Andhra Pradesh came second with 32 cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 14.

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In light of the rising numbers, the state cyber department also issued an advisory to tackle the crime.

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Meanwhile, last year, 217 cases of cyberbullying/stalking against women and children were registered in 19 metros across the country. Mumbai reported a maximum of 105 cases, followed by Hyderabad (49 cases), revealed NCRB data.

Child psychologist Dr Ali Gabhrani said that cyberbullying takes a huge toll on the child's online activity and their mental health. "One can understand the visible cut, not the one which is deep within a child's mentality. It takes time to heal, and therefore the victim turns to isolation, further increasing the gap," he said.

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