Cyber law not bearing fruits for lack of awareness,trust

ISLAMABAD:The country’s first ever law approved by the Parliment in 2016 to check cyber malpractices could not bear fruitful results due to lack of awareness and complex turn around procedure.

A senior official at National Response Center for Cyber Crime revealing the data to reporter on Wednesday said some 9075 cases were registered under the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PECA) in 2016. Over 70 percent cases are related to female segment of the society, he informed on condition of anonymity. The complainant,he said, is provided legal counselling and assured

protection of privacy by the Center.

He admitted that the number of cases reported are less than the actual incidents of cyber satlking due to fear of defamation of victim’s family for its publicity in the trial court and beyond.”When a case is refered to court after conducting the inquiry to convict the accuse,the victim and her family become a hot pie for the media as the Response Cell’s role is over here”, he added.

The sexual harassment and defamation cases are mostly related to women,who are reluctant to report the incident either due to lack of awareness or mistrust on law enforces,making the Act not as fruitful as it is meant to be.

The official disclosed that some 4857 cases of cyberbullying have so far been reported in 2017.”Creating awareness among masses is Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) responsibility,however people are advised by the Cell not to post their family pictures and personal substance” he added.He also advised not to add strangers to contacts to avoid any malpractice or blackmailing.

This hypersensitive issue involves respect and prestige of a family and requires to be handled delicately,a Supreme Court lawyer and former president Islamabad High Court Bar, Hassan Gardezi said.

He said these cases must be taken up separately like family courts and privacy and protection of the victim and his/her family must be assured to establish trust on the law and law enforcers to purge society from this scourge of e-stalking.

“The victims go through some serious mental agony and are traumatised and this tensed situation could have grave repercussions for the affectees,

a psychiatrist at Special Education Department Ms Sundus told reporter.She also gave example of a student Naila Rind Sindh University, who could not face this menace and alledgly comitted sucide.

The psychiatrist also stressed to creat more awareness among internet users and said relevent institutions must establish environment of trust so that such cases be refered with full confidence and desired results be achived.