The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan has arrested a woman in Sialkot for blackmailing a man on social media; reported GEO.

Sadia Mirza, from Sialkot, was booked under Cyber Crime Law for blackmailing Ahsan Rana, a resident of London. The complaint was registered by the victim’s brother, Hassan Raza, who alleged that Sadia had sent messages to Ahsan over a social media website Facebook and demanded money.

This case is the first of its kind. Several people have already been arrested under the new law but this is the first instance of a woman doing a deed of cyber crime. According to the FIR, Sadia has been charged with Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 – clauses 20 (1) and 24(b)(c).

Clause 20 – Offences against dignity of a natural person

(1) “Whoever intentionally and publicly exhibits or displays or transmits any information through any information system, which he knows to be false, and intimidates or harms the reputation or privacy of a natural person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine which may extend to one million rupees or with both…”

Clause 24 – Cyber Stalking

A person commits the offence of cyber stalking who, with the intent to coerce or intimidate or harass any person, uses information system, information system network, the lnternet, website, electronic mail or any other similar means of communication to

(b) monitor the use by a person of the internet, electronic mail, text message or any other form of electronic communication;
(c) watch or spy upon a person in a manner that results in fear of violence or serious alarm or distress, in the mind of such person;

A team headed by Inspector Humaira Kanwal conducted a raid in Sialkot and detained the accused who was then shifted to the local police station for further investigation.

This development comes as part of measures carried out by the federal government in an effort to control social media activity in Pakistan.

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