KARACHI: The Digital Rights Basis (DRF) has reported a 189 per cent enhance in complaints registered with its Cyber Harassment Helpline throughout Pakistan’s coronavirus lockdown.
“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,” a press launch issued on Wednesday by the not-for-profit organisation stated.
The organisation, which works to make sure digital freedoms within the nation, reported a mixed 136 complaints of cyber harassment in March and April — through the lockdown — in comparison with 47 such complaints, a rise of 189computer, earlier than the lockdown in January and February.
Seventy-four per cent of the complaints registered in March and April have been reported by girls, whereas, males and non-binary individuals registered 19computer and 5pc complaints, respectively.
A majority of the instances that the organisation’s cyber harassment helpline acquired through the lockdown months “pertained to blackmailing through non-consensual sharing of information, intimate pictures and videos”.
Complaints of hate speech, phishing, pretend profiles and defamation have been additionally reported, based on DRF.
Ladies in Pakistan are victims of types of gendered violence within the digital sphere that features sexual harassment, surveillance, unauthorised use and dissemination of private knowledge, and manipulation of private data, the organisation stated.
The DRF additionally launched an inventory of suggestions for coverage makers and regulation enforcement.
“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,” it stated.
Revealed in Daybreak, June 4th, 2020