Cyber Harassment

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Cyberbullying or electronic aggression has already been designated as a serious public health threat and elicited warnings to the general public from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The term appears to have been coined in 2000 in Canada by the owner of a website dedicated to preventing traditional bullying (face-to-face). Tokunaga defined the phenomenon as “any act of electronic or digital media by individuals or groups repeatedly sending malicious or aggressive messages intended to injure or offend others”. This definition highlights a few important aspects of cyberbullying: the technical component, the hostile nature of the action, the intent to cause suffering, which many scholars consider to be a key element in the definition, and repetition. Common forms of cyberbullying involve mobile phones (bullying by phone calls, text messages, picture/video clip bullying including so-called ‘happy slapping’) or using the internet (bullying by emails, chat room, through instant messaging and via websites, including blogs, and social media networks). In Pakistan, the number of reported cases of cyberbullying or cyber harassment is increasing day by day. Arrests for cyberbullying and child pornography are perpetrated in Pakistan from time to time in various parts of the country. In a recent case, the FIA ​​arrested several men in Karachi and other cities in Sindh. In a particularly noteworthy situation, two men were arrested in the media industry in Karachi. They allegedly cheated on girls who wanted to make them bigger in the modeling industry. According to the FIA, 20 pornographic videos and sophisticated equipment were found. Defendant shared these videos with their friends and acquaintances. Many arrests in cyberbullying cases are made through the complaints of victims and their caregivers. However, many women avoid registering online harassment cases because of social norms. This only strengthens criminals. The number of people browsing online sex sites is very high in almost every part of the world. It is generally believed that this leads to rape, child abuse, neglect and a host of other sexual offenses. Social scientists should explore the link between sexual crime and sexuality and devise ways and means to end these abominable practices.

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