The province of Punjab leads the rest of the country in having the highest number of cyber bullying cases, according to a report. The report has been launched by the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), who have utilized statistics taken from their Cyber Harassment Helpline.
First four months of the Cyber Harassment Helpline
According to the data generated from the first four months of the Cyber Harassment Helpline, 513 queries were made via their helpline to register complaints. The total calls made through the helpline were 535, of which 62%, were made by females.
According to the information presented by DRF, Facebook has been the leading social media platform on which the most cases were reported. The report asserted that most of the complaints revolved around fake profiles, unauthorized use of information, blackmailing and hacking of social media accounts.
According to the data collected, Punjab provided the most cases which accounted for 41.3% of the calls, while 23.9% of the callers did not reveal their locations.
According to the data, the cases reported from each province could be compiled as:
- Punjab 41.3%
- Sindh 17.8%
- Federal Territory 10.1%
- Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 4.7%
- Balochistan 1.3%
- Azad-Kashmir 0.7%
- Outside the country 0.2%
- No Location 23.9%
The Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), founded by Nighat Dad in 2012, is a registered research based nongovernmental organization (NGO).The primary area of work of DRF is to support human rights, inclusiveness, democratic processes and digital governance. Additionally, it also concentrates on issues related to online free speech, privacy, data protection and cyber crime against women.
About Cyber Harassment Helpline
The helpline is a dedicated platform to help people who face online abuse by providing confidential services which are gender-sensitive. Legal advice, digital security support and therapy is also provided to the victims.
Cyber Harassment Helpline was launched on 1st December 2016. People seeking help can call at 0800-39393 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. To contact them via email, you can drop them a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.