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Cyber Harassment Helpline receives 535 complaints in 4 months

By Bureau report
April 12, 2017

PESHAWAR: The Cyber Harassment Helpline set up by the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) has received 535 calls for help during the last four months, out of which 406 or 62 percent were from female complainants, a report said on Tuesday.

The Cyber Harassment Helpline is Pakistan’s first dedicated helpline addressing issues of online abuse and violence providing a free, safe, gender-sensitive and confidential service. It released its four months operations report on Tuesday.

“The helpline staff gives legal advice, digital security and psychological counselling to victims of online harassment. The Helpline was launched on December 1, 2016,” said Nighat Dad, executive director Digital Rights Foundation.

Founded by Nighat Dad in 2012, DRF focuses on ICTs to support human rights, inclusiveness, democratic processes, and digital governance. The toll free number [0800-39393] is available to people looking for help between 9am till 5pm, Monday to Friday. People can also contact via email at helpdesk@digital