This Lahore man becomes first case of cyber crime punishments when he was prosecuted and was sent to jail for two years in addition to a fine of Rs. 30,000 for photoshopping pictures and then uploading them to social media websites.
Yasir Latif, the culprit, was accused of photoshopping pictures of girls and uploading them on social networks. The case was heard in the Additional District and Session Judge in Lahore. The case argued that Yasir photoshopped pictures of women and uploaded them on the internet, according to the complaints filed by the girls’ parents.
The culprit was adamant that he didn’t do it, saying that the charges were baseless and someone else used his account to upload pictures on Facebook. The court decided against him and sentenced him to prison for 2 years with a Rs. 30,000 fine.
The Charges and What They Entail
Obtaining the pictures of the girls would have him charged for cyber stalking while making pictures videos and distributing them without consent is also illegal under the Cyber Crime law.
For cyberstalking, a person can be charged up to Rs. 1 million in fine or up to 3 years in prison. A person can be given both punishments together as well.
As for making/distributing videos and pictures of someone without their consent, similar punishments can be levied against them with Rs. 1 million in fine and up to 3 years jail time.
Cyber Crime Bill Recap
The Cyber Crime Bill 2016 was passed this year in August. It was passed after much debate and after going through several amendments. The bill provides a basic framework of laws which prevent cyber crimes in the country.
The bill has been criticized for being too vague by the Lahore High Court but no amendments have been made to it after it was originally approved in August.