189 Percent Hike in Cyber-Harassment Complaints During lockdown: Digital Rights Foundation

 189 Percent Hike in Cyber-Harassment Complaints During lockdown: Digital Rights Foundation

Coronavirus pandemic has disordered our lives from financial concerns to emotional anxieties. To keep Social Distancing as a Preventive measure to suppress the spread of deadly contagion, government-imposed partial lockdown. 189 Percent Hike in Cyber-Harassment Complaints During lockdown: Digital Rights Foundation

Though educational concerns are completely closed and E-Learning is initiated by educational institutions. Nevertheless, the legitimate fiasco is mingling and fabricating a 0 % result rather than a crazy drift in online harassment cases in Pakistan.

189 % Hike in Cyber-Harassment Complaints During lockdown: Digital Rights Foundation

Report confers a 189 percent increase in complaints registered with their Cyber Harassment Helpline during Pakistan’s countrywide lockdown. A press release issued on Wednesday by the organization that deliberates the enforced lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus is creating deathtraps and has awakened the online predators.

The Organization, that Manifests “Digital Freedoms” in the Country

It testified 136 complaints of cyber harassment in March and April — during the lockdown — compared to 47 such complaints, an increase of 189pc, before the lockdown in January and February.

— via Digital Rights Foundation

Read of the report states as

“As Pakistan entered its lockdown [in March] in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, we feared there would be an increase in cyber-harassment cases as well as cyber-attacks in general,”

Seventy-four percent of the complaints registered in March and April were reported by women, whereas, men and non-binary persons registered 9pc and 5pc complaints, respectively.

— via Digital Rights Foundation

Widely Held Cases Reported at Cybercrime Wing are of :

“pertained to blackmailing through non-consensual sharing of information, intimate pictures, and videos. Complaints of hate speech, phishing, fake profiles, and defamation were also reported impetuously.”

Organization’s Report Divulges the Filthy Side of the Society

Women in Pakistan are vulnerable to the digital sphere too, are sexually harassed. They are an easy target of surveillance, unauthorized use and dissemination of personal data, and manipulation of personal information.

Digital Rights Foundation also conscripted a cluster of recommendations for policymakers and law enforcement agencies!

“These [recommendations] cover issues of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) accessibility especially during the pandemic, and also how technology needs to be used hand in hand while dealing with digital harassment cases, like allowing for video testimonies.

Also Read: Female Teacher of Renowned University in Lahore Online Harassed from Male Students During Virtual Classes

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