The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has registered an FIR against a young man for creating a Facebook profile of his cousin and uploading pictures of her onto the social networking site without her consent, The Express Tribune has learnt.
According to an investigation conducted by the FIA’s National Response Centre for Cyber Crimes (NR-3C), the accused created a fake profile and uploaded pictures of his cousin after her parents rejected his marriage proposal and arranged a match for her elsewhere.
The brother of the victim, a resident of the Punjab University hostel for girls, registered a complaint with the FIA that an anonymous person had created the fake Facebook profile, uploaded personal pictures of his sister and used “objectionable text”.
NR3C Senior Investigator Asif Iqbal found that the Internet connection used to access the fake Facebook profile was registered under the name of a resident of Mandi Ahmedabad, Depalpur tehsil, Okara district.
This person’s ID card had been used to obtain the Internet connection by his brother. The brother, taken in for questioning, confessed to creating the Facebook profile. He said he had been angry at his cousin’s family’s decision to reject his marriage proposal.
A case has been registered against the accused at the FIA Police Station Cyber Crime Circle under Sections 36 (violating of privacy of information) and 37 (damage to information system) of the Electronic Transactions Ordinance (ETO) 2002 and Section 420 (cheating and dishonesty) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Each of these offences carry maximum sentences of seven years in prison and fines of up to Rs1 million.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2012.
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