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According to the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), based on the statistics collected via their Cyber Harassment Helpline, Punjab accounts for the bulk of the cases concerning cyber-bullying in Pakistan.

The DRF data depicts that in the first four months of its operations, 513 queries were made via their helpline to register complaints. The total number of calls were 535 and out of those, 62% of the calls were made by women.

It was further revealed that Facebook was first on the list of social media websites where people faced the most hatred and harassment. DRF found that the majority of the complaints were related to fake profiles, unauthorized use of information, blackmailing and hacking of social media accounts.

The data also reveals that 41.3% of the cases received by the authority were from Punjab and that 23.9% of the individuals did not disclose their location.

Here is the data concerning the percentage of complaints received via their anti-harassment hotline from other provinces:

  • Sindh – 17.8%
  • Federal Territory – 10.1%
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa – 4.7%
  • Balochistan – 1.3%
  • Azad-Kashmir – 0.7%
  • Outside the country – 0.2%

The Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), a registered research-based advocacy non-governmental organisation, was founded by Nighat Dad in 2012.

The focus of the organization is to support human rights, inclusiveness, democratic processes and digital governance. It also focuses on issues related to online free speech, privacy, data protection and cybercrime against women.

About Cyber Harassment Helpline

The helpline is the 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 of last year. 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 helpdesk@digitalrightsfoundation.pk.