Around 73 percent women who use the internet in Bangladesh are subject to cyber-bullying or another form of cyber-crime, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has said.
She was addressing the concluding ceremony at the two-day international workshop on ‘Digital Bangladesh: Cyber-crime, internet and broadband’ at a city hotel on Wednesday.
“Though 73 percent of the suffered from criminal activities on the internet by 23 percent of them do not make any complaint,” she said.
The minister said “we are proceeding towards building a digital Bangladesh at a fast pace, but our progress in making internet safe is slow. We have to work more to this end.”
According to the Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB), there are 60.68 million internet users, of which 21 percent use Facebook and 36 percent YouTube. Some 84 percent of the net users aged between 18 and 34.
Some 41 percent school students also suffer from cyber-bullying.
The minister suggested launching a campaign in schools for creating awareness on the issue.