Obnoxious phone calls: 110 cases of Telegraph Act violation filed with courts in 3 months
ISLAMABAD: The crime rate in society is on the rise, as besides cases of other crimes 110 cases of telegraph act violations were filed with district courts in last three months.
On the other hand law enforcement agencies are not even bothering to take action against the groups involved in telecommunication technology crimes.
According to record of district courts, from July to September, 110 cases of telegraph act violations were filed with the courts against the accused of making obnoxious, abusive, threatening and trouble making calls.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Kamran Bashrat Mufti received 46 complaints of telegraph act violations, in which 12 were regarding obnoxious calls, 10 threatening and 24 about trouble making calls and miscellaneous.
ASJ Wajaht Hussain’s court received 26 complaints of telegraph act violations, in which eight cases were regarding obnoxious calls, 12 regarding threatening and 6 regarding trouble making calls and miscellaneous.
ASJ Yaar Muhammad’s court received 22 complaints of telegraph act violation, in which eight were cases of obnoxious calls, 10 regarding threats and four of trouble making calls and miscellaneous.
Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate received 16 complaints of telegraph act violations, in which nine cases were regarding obnoxious calls, four regarding threatening and three 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, the telegraph crime specially included obnoxious, threatening and abusive language from unknown numbers. He said mostly in that kind of matter a personal grudges were 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 against telegraph crime and in 2010, 96 cases were registered against persons involved in that act and in current year the ratio of was worrisome.