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The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the cyber crime cell of Tamil Nadu Police to submit to it by September 22 details of complaints received in the past one decade of offences like sharing objectionable photographs of women on the Internet.

The details, including status of the complaints, should be submitted by September 22, Justice N Kirubakaran of the bench said.

Earlier the Superintendent of Police (Cyber cell) submitted details of complaints lodged with its headquarters in Chennai alone. The judge was hearing a petition filed by a 35-year-old married woman from Tuticorin, who charged police with hesitating to initiate action on her complaint against the son of a sub-Inspector, who shared her objectionable pictures on the Internet.
The SP had yesterday submitted that most e-mail service providers like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail; social network service providers such as Facebook, Orkut, Twitter and LinkedIn maintain their servers in the US.

“We depend on these service providers for obtaining Internet Protocol logs, user information and content. We face problems as these service providers refuse to give information either stating legal constraints of their country or due to expiry of stipulated time, the SP had said.

He claimed six cyber crime cells with cyber labs are functional in all six police commissionerates in the state. In Chennai alone, since 2004, it had registered cases only on the basis of 101 complaints, of which 15 related to crimes against women.

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