According to a report provided by the Indian government, a considerable increase has been recorded in the number of cybercrime-related arrests over the past years.
The Minister of State for Communications Milind Deora – cited by The Times of India – has revealed that in 2011, 1,184 individuals were arrested for cybercrimes that fell under the IT Act of 2000, and 446 people were detained for computer crimes under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
In comparison, in 2007, only 154 people were arrested for crimes under the IT Act and 429 for crimes under the IPC.
Since then, there has been a steady increase in the number of arrests. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, a total of 373, 551, and respectively 1,193 individuals were detained.
As far as the number of reported cybercrimes is concerned, in 2011, 1,791 cases were registered under the IT Act of 2000, and 422 under the IPC.
IT Act cases refer to hacking, tampering computer source documents, and compliance failure. Forgery, destruction of electronic evidence, and false electronic evidence fall under the IPC.