Hyderabad, May 16: The Telangana Government in consultations with NALSAR University is working to bring out a legislation to curb cyber harassment and bullying among other crimes, TRS MLC K Kavitha said on Monday.

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"Currently, the Telangana government is working with NALSAR University to come up with a law which addresses particularly cyber harassment and issues that the women face. It takes care of other things like crimes, frauds, etc. But harassment is the major issue," she said when asked about the state government's initiatives on cyber crimes against women.

Kavitha, who is also Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter, said a separate cyber law would ensure quicker action by law enforcement authorities and subsequent trial of the cases.

"With the changing times and technologies, Telangana is promoting IT and IT-related services... Though there are a lot of opportunities, they come with challenges and one of the challenges is cyber harassment, cybersecurity issues," she further said.

Kavitha said the country needs more women politicians and leaders to understand and address gender-related issues. She added that most of the developmental and welfare programmes of the state government would always prefer female beneficiaries to men, as the dispensation believes in women empowerment.

She opined that internet penetration among women in the country needs to go up from the existing 35 per cent to digitally empower them. According to her, Telangana, especially Hyderabad city, accepts and encourages womenfolk to go out for employment and also work from home.

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