cyber harassment cuts all class, race and socio-economic status lines

16:30 Oct 20 2014 Pakistan

Any woman online is fair game to cyber harrasment because she has dared to form an independent identity, either on Facebook or Twitter, or even at a more basic level, signed up for Gmail, says a report released by Bytes4All, Pakistan.

Harassment ranges from character assassinations, impersonations, personal threats to women and their families, online identity thefts to downright vulgarity. Women do not need to do anything to be attacked and stalked, but this doesn’t prevent them from being blamed by society once they are trapped.

If the NGO Bytes for All’s report “Technology Driven Violence Against Women” is to be believed, the problem is dire; has caused honour killings and suicides alike; and have affected almost all women at some point of their online life.
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