Islamabad: Telegraph Act violation cases on the rise
ISLAMABAD: Growing use of modern technology is resulting in complexity of life of the common man. An inside examination of record at district court in 2011 narrates that it received 219 cases of Telegraph Act against the alleged persons, involved in violating the act by making obnoxious, abusive, threatening and trouble-making calls to other citizens.
The court of Former Additional Sessions Judge Tanveer Meer has received 64 complaints of violation of telegraph act, in which 29 complaints are regarding obnoxious calls, 22 threatening and 13 regarding trouble-making calls and miscellaneous.
Additional Sessions Judge Wajaht Hussain has court received 45 complaints. In which 26 complaints are about obnoxious calls, 13 about threats and six regarding trouble-making calls and miscellaneous.
Former Additional Sessions Judge Akmal Khan court has received 72 complaints of telegraph act, in which 41 are regarding obnoxious calls, 18 regarding threatening and 13 regarding trouble making calls and miscellaneous.
Former Additional Sessions Judge Riffat Sultan Sheikh court has received 17 complaints of telegraph act, in which 11 regarding obnoxious calls, five regarding threat calls and one regarding trouble-making calls and miscellaneous.
The court of Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate has received 21 complaints of telegraph act, in which 13 are regarding obnoxious calls, six regarding threatening and two regarding trouble-making calls and miscellaneous.
According to Telegraph Act, Any person, including a telegraph officer, who uses any telephone, public or private, for causing annoyance or intimidation to any person, whether a subscriber or not, or for obnoxious calls, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.
According to police official mostly in such kind of matter a personal grudge was involved. He said in Pakistan telegraph crime was increasing in different ways, i.e. cyber stalking, in which with intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person uses computer, computer network, internet, network site, electronic mail or any other similar means of communication to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, picture or image and make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature.
According to court official in year 2009, 74 cases were registered for violation of telegraph act; in 2010 96 cases were registered for violation of this act that is increasing every day.
A telegraph crime victim, Zamurud Ishrat, told Daily Times that some unknown persons had made a fake calls on his residential number and were threatening and teasing him and his family. He said an FIR was registered on June 2 with Aabpara Police Station. He said the relevant police station officials were investigating of the matter.