More awareness about Cyber Law stressed to control cyberbullying

ISLAMABAD:The legal and Information Technalogy experts, to yield positive results, have urged to create more awareness on Cyber Law approved by the Parliment in 2016.

The law introduced to stop cyberbullying is not producing desired goals either due to lack of awareness or lengthy turn around procedure.

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, Nayyab Gardezi said.

He also stressed relevent authorities to ensure more awareness on social media about Cyber Law to reach every vulnerable to prevent them from e-stalking.

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.

An IT analyst at Baker Hughes, Ayyaz said under age segment was more vulnerble to be exploited for their lack of knowledge. The parents’ role is more important to check their children’s activities while using internt, he added.”Effective filters must be applied to the electronic gadgets, connected to the internet,” he stressed.

“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.

A senior official at National Response Center for Cyber Crime revealing the data informed that 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.

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.