How to report harassment in Pakistan: Helplines that you should know about [LIST]

The Pakistani government has helplines to provide timely support to the survivors, and some NGOs have also formulated platforms to address this social evil.

Image result for sexual harassmentMany women in Pakistan do not report harassment as it is not deemed culturally appropriate to talk about such issues in public.

Women who want to report such incidents are often not familiar with Pakistan’s anti-harassment laws; they do not know where to get the help or have financial constraints, which prevent them from pursuing the matter.

The Pakistani government has helplines to provide timely support to the survivors, and some NGOs have also formulated platforms to address this social evil.

Punjab Commission on Status of Women (PCSW) Helpline: 1043

This helpline is for people facing harassment, gender-based discrimination, or violence.

The helpline comprises all-women staff. This includes three legal advisors, counselors, and a management team.

People can also file a complaint form by going to the PSCW website: https://www.pcswpb.org/public/complaint_form.php.

Madadgar Helpline: 1098

Madadgaar is a helpline for women and children suffering from violence, abuse, and harassment.

It provides counseling via telephone and online mediums in addition to holding in-person sessions. Madadgaar also provides legal aid and referral services to survivors.

The helpline started in 2001 with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

People can also file a complaint by email. The contact is [email protected].

Sahil Helpline: 0800-13518

Sahil is an organization that essentially works on cases related to child sexual abuse.

Sahil also provides psychological counseling to women under Jeet Healing Center.

You can contact Sahil’s regional offices by the following method:

Digital Rights Foundation (DRF)’s Cyber Harassment Helpline: 0800-39393

Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) is the first helpline dedicated to online harassment and violence.

It was founded by digital rights activist and lawyer, Nighat Dad.

DRF promises to provide fully confidential and free help and support to victims of digital harassment.

Victims can call DRF’s toll-free helpline from Monday to Friday (9 AM to 5 PM).

People can also file a complaint by email. The contact is [email protected].

Ab Aur Nahin Organization

Ab Aur Nahi is a site that provides Pakistani women with counseling and legal aid in cases related to domestic violence and sexual harassment.

It is beneficial for women with limited resources as it provides pro bono services via its pool of 42 lawyers.

The initiative was also started by Nighat Dad.

People can also file a complaint by email. The contact is [email protected] and [email protected].

PSCA and PSCW Application

Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) and the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) launched the Women Safety App in 2017. 

The app allows women to mark places where they don’t feel comfortable in as “unsafe” or dangerous.

It includes a crisis button that allows women to alert the police so a team can be dispatched to tackle the situation.

The police track the location via Global Positioning System (GPS).

Hamara Internet Application

This smartphone application allows people to report cases of cyber harassment.

This application was also launched by the DRF in 2018.

It can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

FIA Cybercrime Wing

The Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) is one of the most influential organizations supporting harassment victims.

You can report cyber crimes and harassment to FIA by [email protected] or [email protected].

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  • we need a 3 digit single number like 111 or 911…. who will remember these numbers in emergency… stupidity total


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