A Pakistani man has been accused of seeking revenge for his sister’s divorce by creating a fake profile on Facebook.
He is reported to have created a profile masquerading as that his former brother-in-law’s first wife, and to then have added “obscene photographs” of her along with “vulgar” messages. According to Pakistani news site Dawn, this was intended to “malign” the wife, her husband and their relatives. The man’s sister was the husband’s second wife for a brief period before their divorce.
The suspect has been arrested and appeared in court, but because Pakistan currently has no specific law regarding impersonation online. A bill addressing the ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes’ remains pending in the Pakistani parliament.
The country’s Federal Investigation Agency is now pursuing charges under legislation dating back to 2002. Called the Electronic Transaction Ordinance, this governs unauthorised access to private information, as well as altering, storing or transmitting such information.
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