Registered online harassment cases in Pakistan increase by 189% during the COVID-19 pandemic

The mentioned data has been gathered by the Cyber Harassment Helpline.

According to the reports, the registered online harassment cases have increased by 189% in the last two months, particularly following the COVID-19 lockdown. The cases have raised two times as compared to the statistics of January 2020. This, however, is a pretty alarming situation as cyberbullying can seriously take a toll on a victim’s emotional state, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis.

The aforementioned data has been gathered by the Cyber Harassment Helpline and the analysis will be presented in a policy briefing, along with recommendations for policymakers and law enforcement agencies.

During the months of March and April, the online harassment line has seen an increase in cases by 189%. Out of this, 74% of cases were reported by women, 19% by men, and 5% by non-binary people. However, there are many cases that are still unreported.

The analysis shows that the forms of gendered violence aimed against women in the digital sphere are usually surveillance, unauthorized use of personal data like images and videos, and sexual harassment.

Many cases received by the Digital Rights Foundation’s helpline were related to blackmailing through non-consensual sharing of information, pictures, and videos.

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