The information minister for Punjab, Fayyaz-ul-Chohan announced that a man and his son, Ibsham Zahid have been arrested for harassment online that had persisted for four years.
The case had become prominent on twitter after the screenshots of Ibsham messages had been posted online.
Zahid has also been accused of attempting kidnap
The messages had included death threats as well as repeated references to rape. In some messages, he had flaunted weapons to try and intimidate the girl into a relationship with him.
The girl also accused them of trying to kidnap her. Ibtisam reportedly said to her, that it takes thirty thousand to get a man killed in Lahore, she and her father were done.
Later, the perpetuator’s sister claimed that Ibsham had been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD) and suffered from anger management issues.
CCPO Umar Shaikh was present at the press conference
The minister Chohan announced the arrest at a press conference. He was joined there by CCPO Umar Shaikh, as well as the father of the victim.
He said that the Prime Minister and Chief Minister Punjab had been informed of the incident and strict action against the perpetrators of harassment had been advised by both.
In a threatening video, the boy demonstrates a large cache of weapons in his room and says, “We are Baloch, we don’t break hearts, but we break bones.”
Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act of 2016 was meant to curb online harassment. According to this law, “Whoever with dishonest intention gains unauthorized access to any information system or data shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees or with both.” (Ch. II, clause 3), the act also promises complete anonymity for those who file complaints.
GVS News Desk