The story looks at the trend of youngsters from poor families in Bihar’s hinterlands being drawn into the world of cybercrime, with smartphones as their main weapon.
The story was a part of my #Generationowhere series. How the toxic mix of unemployment crisis,unlimited data and politics is shaping the minds of India’s youth. The series was very well received by the Indian audiences and it created a huge debate on social media.
I travelled to remote corners, police stations and villages to weave the story of Indian villages emerging as the hub of cyber crimes in recent years.
Context about the project:
The story is about the hotspot of cyber crimes– how amid the scrubby farmlands of Indian villages, dozens of youth use their smartphones to run a cybercrime enterprise.
What can other journalists learn from this project?
To follow up on the events from the hinterland as that is where 70% of India’s population is living and that is where changing India’s story is.