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Vol. 7 (2011)

New Crimes Under the Information Technology (Amendment) Act

Amlan Mohanty

This paper delineates the legislative response to cyber crime in India with an analysis of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2008 focussing on the new crimes introduced by the amendment, on the touchstone of cyber crime legislative standards across jurisdictions. Thus, a brief look at the jurisprudential basis for criminalisation of cyberspace activities has been undertaken, following which, the new crimes have been examined section-wise. The paper uses the theoretical framework set out in the first section to probe the various problems that the Amendment Act poses in light of bad drafting and lack of understanding in the area.


The author is a fourth year student at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He may be contacted at

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