Senate Approved The Prevention of Electronic Crime Bill 2015

Yesterday on July 26, 2016, The Senate unanimously passed the controversial Prevention of Electronics Crimes Bill 2016 with around 50 amendments proposed to the original draft law.

The bill was unanimously adopted by the Senate Standing Committee on IT and Telecommunications earlier this week after being passed by the National Assembly with simple majority in April this year. After the proposed amendments, the bill will now go back to the National Assembly where lawmakers will discuss the amendments. The bill has been criticized by the civil society members and rights groups for putting curbs on freedom of expression.

Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman said that the amended “Electronic Crime Bill 2016” will be made a law next week to effectively deal with cyber crimes in the country. The Minister said that the proposed law would help in reduction of women harassment. Women living in rural areas some times fall prey through internet/social media/computer and get victimize, however this law would help in reduction of such crimes. IT Minister also said that internet is the engine of economic growth in the modern world and any country cannot afford to block it every time; however there was need of such legislation to resolve the issue permanently.

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