Cyberbullying is one of the most emerging digital crimes. The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc. It may include personal or private information of any individual causing someone to feel embarrassed or humiliated about himself. Cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior. Cyberbullying is the prevalence of social media and digital forums like comments, photos, posts, and content shared by individuals which can often be viewed by strangers as well as acquaintances.
Pakistan takes 22nd place in a list of 25 countries studied for research on the rate of bullying as per the recent reports. The following are some of the punishments in Pakistan. Spreading False Information about an Individual: up to 3 Years in Prison or up to Rs. 1 Million in Fine or both. Making / Spreading Explicit Images or Videos of an Individual: up to 5 Years in Prison or up to Rs. 5 Million in Fine or both.
The main issue lies in our society because there’s a lack of awareness among people about digital crime. Mostly people are being harassed, especially girls and women on social media. Due to a lack of awareness, they don’t have a clue to seek help. In short; government, educational institutes, and civil society must work together to stop cyberbullying and help the victims.
Must think before you take any action on social media.
Reference; The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016, Pakistan