Badin: Girl commits suicide due to social media blackmailing
Girl was being blackmailed by the boy and her friends by edited pictures.
Pakistan social issues and social media, whether we like to accept it or not, are interlinked. While social media has given us a platform to voice our opinions, at the same time, it has become an easy accessory for abuse and harassment.
When it comes to defining cyber harassment, a range of terms can be used. However, being a target of direct online abuse still has the most adverse impacts. The recent incident form Badin is an example.
A girl in Badin ended her life by consuming poison due to social media blackmailing. The abuser and her friends were constantly blackmailing her with her edited pictures. Hopeless and helpless, the girl took her own life to escape the situation.
The blackmailers had previously sent an edited picture to the girl’s fiancee as well, after which the engagement was called off. They also managed to mint 50,000 rupees out of her after blackmailing. The parents came to know about the ordeal in a letter that she left before committing suicide. Culprits are currently on the run and police is searching to catch them.
Pakistan social issues and social media: how are they linked?
Social media has become an easy accessory for blackmailing and harassment. While it has its goods, conversely, it also can be quite deteriorating for one’s mental health. Children particularly are more prone to falling prey to these online predators.
As a report by the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) in May 2017 revealed, 40 per cent women in the country face various forms of harassment on the internet. It must be considered that Pakistan has 40 million active Facebook users. While being a tool of awareness, social media subsequently being used to pursue personal vengeance is where strict regulations and laws need to play their part.
Law is on your side!
Whether you find help around you or not, just that the law is on your side. Country’s law effectively addresses Pakistan social issues that particularly are being caused by abuse of digital spaces.
Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016:
According to his law:
“Whoever with dishonest intention gains unauthorized access to any information system or data shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees or with both.” (Ch. II, clause 3)
This act provides penalties for unauthorized or non-consensual transmission of private data, the use of hate speech, electronic forgery, electronic fraud, identity theft, unauthorized issuance of SIM cards, and cyber-terrorism.
You can also reach out to the Digital Rights Foundation for help. The helpline’s number is 0800-39393 and is operative from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays.
Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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