Cybercrime increased by five times during COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

Cybercrime cases have significantly risen in Pakistan during the last few years. According to a report by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), cybercrime had increased by five times during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 as compared to the previous years.

In such an instance, a man has been scentenced to 12 years in prison by a Karachi district and session court for harassing a 16-year-old girl.

In addition to the 12 years jail term, a fine of Rs180,000 was also imposed on the suspect. The complainant will receive the money.

About The Case:

According to the Federal Investigation Agency, the 16-year-old was harassed by the suspect. Furthermore, he also forced her into sending him “inappropriate photographs”. The suspect, identified as Imran, then posted those pictures on social media and also blackmailed the victim’s family for money.

Following a complain filed by the victim at FIA’s cybercrime department, Imran was arrested during a raid and his mobile along with other digital devices were seized. During interrogation, he confessed to his crime and a case was registered against him under the sections of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 and the Pakistan Penal Code.

In another such case in Karachi, a man named Fahad was apprehended by FIA following a complaint filed by one of his friends. The suspect allegedly took screenshots of the complainant chat and sent it to her parents. Moreover, he also posted those on a fake Instagram account.

If you or anyone you know wants to lodge a cybercrime complaint against someone, read our step by step guide on how to register a cybercrime complaint in Pakistan.


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