Karachi court rejects bail plea of jilted lover

The man was arrested for purportedly posting on the internet objectionable pictures of a woman for rejecting his marriage proposal

KARACHI: A district and sessions court in Karachi on Wednesday rejected the bail request of a man arrested on charges of cyber harassment.

The cybercrime cell of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested the man for purportedly posting on the internet objectionable pictures of a woman for rejecting his marriage proposal.

In March last, the agency’s Karachi chapter arrested five suspects accused of using objectionable pictures and videos to blackmail women. Those arrested were identified as Zeeshan, Rizwan, Zain, Abdul and his brother Umair.

Police seized the cell phones of the suspects and retrieved the videos from them.

On Wednesday, Judicial Magistrate Syed Imran Ali Zaidi sent the suspect to jail on physical remand.

According to a report based on FIA’s data and published last year, 90 per cent of cybercrime victims in Pakistan were women and minor girls, and 70 per cent of the cases involved pornographic content.

Earlier this month, the agency, in order to ensure swift disposal of such cases, had divided the cybercrime circle into three cells. In this connection, FIA Sindh cyber crime circle Additional Director Faizullah Korejo issued the orders. The financial cybercrime cell was asked to work with Deputy Director Abdul Ghaffar as its head while an assistant director and seven other officers were also included in it.

Another cell that had been carved out of the cybercrime cell, to be headed by Deputy Director Ahmed Zaeem, was meant to settle the cases of harassment, blackmailing and character assassination.

The cell also consisted of one assistant director and seven other officers. The third cell, consisting of an assistant director and five other officers, was formed to work under Deputy Director Kaleemullah Memon.

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