The Sindh High Court (SHC) has issued directives to Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) to help Federal Integrative Agency (FIA) to develop a mechanism for removing the fake social media accounts as these accounts are involved in offensive activities. SHC in this regard also ordered the telecom company to provide IP address of the fake accounts to the FIA.
The Sindh High Court issued these directives after hearing a petition filed by a lady school teacher whose objectionable photos has been posted on the social media. The court ordered the concerned bodies to remove all obscene and objectionable materials relating to the petitioner within 15 days. The petitioner filed a petition saying that a person name Zohaib Hassan sent her a marriage proposal. On the basis of the cynical and doubtful character, she rejected his proposal.
To take a revenge, Zoahaib started harassing the lady and her family members by uploading inappropriate and edited immoral photos of her and started character assignation of the petitioner and her family.
Meanwhile, the court has directed Chairman PTA to get the help of relevant institutions and submit a detailed report in this regard. The Zong Company has been asked to cooperate with the investigating Officer and provide complete details of the accounts and users, who are found involved in such type of crimes.
The court said that the act of uploading inappropriate and objectionable content is the most heinous crime because this not only harms the person directly but people and family members as well. “There must be a complete mechanism not only unearthing the culprit but to ensure immediate removal and blocking of such attempts,” the court noted.
“Without proper control and access to IP address, it is not possible to unearth the cyber crimes. The cellular companies may have certain privileges in authorizing one IP addresses to a number of persons but since same is resulting in causing serious prejudice to both objectives of offense. There must be some mechanism for IP address,” the court underlined.
The petitioner told the court that she filed several complaints to FIA cyber crime cell but the cell did not respond and also fails to remove the fake Facebook accounts highlighting the objectionable content.