Badin girl commits suicide over social media harassment

BADIN: A lady in Sindh’s Badin district dedicated suicide by consuming poison. Her household revealed that she was being blackmailed on social media by a neighborhood boy and his buddies over her edited photos.

Reportedly, the suspects had additionally despatched an image to her fiancé, following which the engagement was known as off. A letter – recovered by the deceased’s household – disclosed that the blackmailers had additionally acquired Rs50,000 from the woman.

Girls, notably in Pakistan, face frequent social media harassment and abuse. Based on a report by the Digital Rights Basis (DRF) in Could 2017, 40 p.c of girls within the nation face varied types of harassment on the web.

Pakistan has skilled a surge in social media utilization with greater than 40 million registered Fb customers. The speedy development has sparked a web-based debate about misogyny and abuse of the platform.

In March final, a Justice of the Peace in Lahore had sentenced a person to 6 years in jail and imposed a fantastic of Rs0.7 million for harassing and blackmailing a lady on-line.

The convict was additionally ordered to pay Rs1 million in compensation to the sufferer.

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