First woman arrested under Pakistan’s new cyber-crime law

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Dubai –  First woman arrested on Saturday under Pakistan’s new cyber-crime law from Sialkot, according to local media reports.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday arrested a Pakistani woman for blackmailing activities on social media, which makes her the first female to be taken into custody under the recently-passed cyber-crime law.

Sadia Mirza has been accused of blackmailing Ahsan Rana, a resident of London. Hassan Rana, the latter’s brother, filed the complaint and alleged that Mirza had sent messages to Rana over social networking website Facebook, demanding money.

As per the FIR, Mirza has been charged with “sending threatening, abusive, and lewd messages.”

A case has been registered according to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 – clauses 20 (1) and 24(b)(c).

Mirza has been shifted to the women section of the local police station on remand.

This development comes as part of measures carried out by the federal government in an effort to control social media activity in Pakistan.

Cyber crime refers to any criminal act dealing with computers and networks (called hacking). Additionally, cyber crime also includes traditional crimes conducted through the Internet. For example; hate crimes, telemarketing and Internet fraud, identity theft, and credit card account thefts are considered to be cyber crimes when the illegal activities are committed through the use of a computer and the Internet.

More than 30 million of Pakistan’s 190 million people use the internet, mainly on mobile telephones, according to digital rights organization Bytes for All.

Cybercrime has increased manifold in Pakistan. According to cybercrime unit, 62 cases were reported to the unit in 2010, 87 in 2011 and 75 in 2014. More than 312 cases were registered in different categories of cybercrime. It has much increased compared to 2013 and 2014.