Draft of legal reforms bill to check cyber crimes finalised
ISLAMABAD – The draft bill of legal reforms on prevention and control of cyber crimes against children has been finalised.
The sub-committee on legal reforms under the headship of Syeda Viqar-un-Nisa, Advisor WMS and Convener/Secretary of the Committee held number of meetings to finalise the draft of Prevention & Control of Cybercrimes against Children Bill, 2021 for amendments in PECA, 2016, Qanoon-e-Shahadat Order, 1984 and other relevant laws. The committee consisted of senior representatives of Home Department and senior police officers from all four provinces including GB and AJK, FIA, National Information and Technology Board (NITB), PTA, Ministry of Law, UNICEF and Child Protection Specialists from the public sector. The committee finalised the bill after holding a number of detailed meetings on the issue, said a press release issued by the Wafaqi Mohtasib office on Thursday.
During the meeting it was proposed to make certain necessary amendments in the prevalent laws, therefore, a committee was constituted under the headship of Syeda Viqar-un-Nisa, Advisor WMS/Commissioner Children to finalise the task. During that meeting Syed Tahir Shahbaz had maintained that children’s issues were close to our heart and collective efforts of parents, educational Institutions and the government were needed for the protection of children in the present environment. He said that the present environment of the society was unsafe for the children, therefore, abuse of children needed to be curbed at greater level. He emphasised the need for strengthening the institutional mechanism for children protection in the country. He also underscored the need to chalk out a strategic plan of action in resolving the issues of the children.
The committee finalised the amendments in PAEC, 2016 and insertions of the offences of cyber bulling, online grooming, cyber enticement, sexual exploitation of children, exposure of harmful online contents, kidnapping, abduction or trafficking of minor for abuse of sexual conduct, non-commercial exploitation, police cognizance of the offences under PAEC, composition of joint investigation team, giving authority to PTA and sending cases to FIA, blocking unlawful contents and amendments in Qanoon-e-Shahadat regarding admissibility of witnesses recorded by the court through modern devices or techniques including video call, viber, Skype, IMO, whatsApp, Messenger, Line caller and video conference. The committee on legal reforms has submitted the draft bill to the Federal Ombudsman for approval.