FIA registers 8,500 complaints concerning women harassment


ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s cyber crime wing has registered, a total of 8,500 complaints regarding online women harassment in the year 2018 and 2019.

According to an official document, in Punjab FIA received more than 5,500 complaints pertaining to cybercrime, including hacking, identity theft, cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, financial fraud, digital piracy, intellectual property rights violation, electronic terrorism and extortion.

In Sindh, at least 3,236 written complaints were received by FIA regarding online harassment. The document further revealed that these cases involve using, sharing, disseminating and manipulation if information such as photographs, phone numbers, contact details and other personal information on social media.

It said this was irony of the situation that 72 per cent of women in the country had no awareness about the cybercrime laws dealing with online harassment, adding that women who didn’t operate online, their experience was merely restricted to instances of harassment.

Women were more at risk online than men as the social media was dominated by males, it added. FIA had been making considerable efforts to expand its resources to deal with online harassment whereas different awareness campaigns would also be conducted, it added


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