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Unfortunately, “the more we dug, the worse it got,” said Fatima. She initially believed the abuse was limited to animals but as she explored Sed’s profile, the profiles of his ‘friends’ and read comments on her posts; she realized that this isn’t just a, “Random boy acting out. It is, in fact, a group of people, deriving pleasure from all these acts. Which aren’t limited to animals. They extend to women, children, and feminists,” she said.

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If Pakistan’s crisis weren’t enough, the National Assembly of the Banistan Nation on Thursday passed the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2015 after the Senate’s unanimous adoption of the bill – with 50 amendments – earlier in July.

The bill was initially designed to curb online crimes.

“See the virtual world is very important. Nobody leaves their houses anymore, all the major crimes are happening online and we need to look at them first. We have to target the clever people hiding inside their houses,” said an MNA in favour of the bill.

The bill has already faced a lot of criticism from the people and many NGOs but the government is determined to keep its people safe online.

“See we need to get rid of filthy people online first because the real world doesn’t matter anymore. Life on the internet is the real deal. We are foreseeing the future. All of you are blinded by the worldly things,” said a senior MNA.

The severity of the bill has scared many.

“This is the first time I ever read a law,” said an internet addict while talking to Khabaristan Times, “We can’t talk, laugh, make fun of anyone. I think the internet is doomed.”

Another said: “I have discontinued my 4G connection and going to read. The internet isn’t a place for me another,” he said while throwing his device into the ocean.

Many lives have become already barren, the effects of the bill have already started to show.


Originally Published in Khabaristan Times