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26 September, 2019 08:06:52 AM
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70pc women aged 15-25 harassed online

“The situation outside Dhaka is almost the same. However, most victims of online harassment do not go to the police station”
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70pc women aged 15-25 harassed online

Additional Deputy Commissioner of the Cyber Security and Crime Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Mishuk Chakma has said 70 per cent of the women, reportedly were harassed online in the city, are in the 15-25 age group. Most of these women are victims of sexual harassment, hacking, cyber-pornography and blackmailing.

Presenting the statistics, Mishuk Chakam said among the harassment allegations and cases that come to the country's only cybercrime tribunal compiled, hacking is 20 per cent, fake ID 20 per cent, harassment/defamation 18 per cent, cyber pornography 14 per cent, financial fraud by mobile 14 per cent, blackmail/extortion 7 per cent, terrorist activity 1 per cent and the other allegations 6 per cent.

‘’The scenario is only of capital Dhaka. The situation outside Dhaka is almost the same. However, most victims of online harassment do not go to the police station,” Mishuk was quoted as saying at a meeting titled 'Technology Mediated Violence Against Women in Bangladesh', organised by ARTICLE 19 on Monday.

Women journalists, online activists, women human rights activists and cultural activists from various districts of the country participated in the event, said ARTICLE 19, an international organisation working on freedom of speech, on Tuesday. The discussion was presided over by Faruq Faisel, Bangladesh and South Asia Regional Director, ARTICLE 19 while Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua  and Simum Reza Talukder, Senior Lecturer of Department of Law, Brac University were present as discussants.

Mentioning limitations in cybercrime investigations, Mishuk said the police station at the local level does not have adequate training on cyber issues.

At present, initiatives are being taken to provide training on how to conduct a primary investigation into allegations of online harassment at all levels of police.

“Seeking information from Facebook authorities to investigate particular allegations is not easily available. Besides, those who spread rumors and engage in crime online from outside the country are difficult to bring under the law,’’ he said. It is not possible for the police alone to deal with cybercrime. This requires the collective efforts of the family, the private sector and the civil society, Mishuk opined.

He suggested participants to contact Facebook page ((https://www.facebook.com/cyberctdmp) of the Cyber Security Department's and help desk (01769691522) to report online harassment. Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua advised the careful use of various technologies and apps in the interest of personal protection.

‘’Therefore, it’s important to distinguish between professional and personal life in online walks. Before legal protection, online users need to know the technical aspects of the technology well,” the lawyer opined.

Faruq Faisel, the Regional Director, ARTICLE 19 of Bangladesh and South Asia said, “We need to move forward knowing applied and practical aspect of using technology rather being afraid of it. The empowerment of women is not possible without the use of technology. Women can protect themselves from negative issues such as bullying online through digital literacy or tech-education.’’

 

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