The female lecturer who became victim of online harassment by her former colleague has expressed dissatisfaction over the sentence given to the perpetrator by the court, saying that “I have suffered continuously for seven years and spent more than Rs1 million to seek justice”.
On Wednesday, Karachi’s District East sessions court sentenced Karachi University assistant professor Dr. Farhan Kamrani to 8 years imprisonment with a total of Rs 1.1 million fine. “I have spent more than 1 million rupees to get justice and suffered difficulties, mental stress, and financial problems for almost seven years to get justice,” said the victim.
“I would have completed two PhDs during the time in which I was struggling for justice. I couldn’t complete my doctorate degree because of the court case”, she added.
She, however, seems happy for exposing a person who is highly qualified and who has been serving as a professor at a public sector university. “I had no knowledge that who was making my fake nudes and then positing and sharing those photos with my students and other colleagues. Later, when I was informed by my students and employers, I filed a complaint against an unknown person,” she said.
When the female lecturer was filing her complaint she had even no idea where the office of the Federal Investigation Agency Cyber Crime Wing was located. Her students, however, came forward and helped her in registering a complaint against the unknown person. “I merely wanted to stop the campaign against me on social media. But even after registering several complaints, the harassers would take the matter to the next level”.
“After seeing my fake photos and videos on social media I was facing traumatic stress that almost shattered my sense of security. I was feeling helpless and vulnerable. I was thinking that if my family and especially my husband came to know, what they would think about my character. At that time, I needed time and space to deal with it. I was unable to talk to my family and husband. My mind was completely blank”.
Later, the FIA traced the IP address and location of the suspect. When Cyber Crime Wing arrested the suspected then she came that know that Dr Kamrani was her former colleague. They both were working at the Special Security Unit of the Sindh Police Department. The victim at the time was a media coordinator at the SSU while Dr Kamrani was performing his duties as a psychiatric trainer for the newly recruited.
“There was no direct interaction between me and Dr Kamrani. However, when he arrested he narrated another story. He claimed that I was in love with Dr Kamrani and I promised him marriage, but I cheated him. This entire story was a blatant lie,” the victim revealed.
“I kept on running from door to door in the courts and in the offices of law enforcers continuously for seven years just to prove that I had never been in love or close relationship with Dr Kamrani. I may never be able to explain the trauma, the anguish I have been through because my fake nudes were circulated on social media for nothing,” she said.
According to the court documents, during FIA investigation the accused admitted his guilt of making edited porn photos of the victim. He tried to tender an apology and prayed for mercy. But he got no response from the complainant. Later his fellows came to the victim’s house and one of them raised his shirt showing a pistol to her children. This was not enough, the accused made another page named Stand with Farhan Kamrani on which he with help of his students launched a campaign against the victim with the title ChalbazAurat.
Later, the victim registered FIR and another complainant. Thereafter, a message was also sent in the group that the victim has now come to know about the said page. Thus the activity of the page would be suspended for a certain period. But after a month, another group named Secret Group was created with the same stuff. And the campaign against the victim initiated by Dr Kamrani’s friend, relatives and family member, remained continue even the case was in the court.
“Just for the last two days, I’m feeling free. In the last many years, they would create groups and pages and I would file complaints over complaints. At the same time I was dealing with court cases,” she said.
However, she expressed disappointment over the court decision in which it is stated that the accused belongs to a noble profession. Dr Kamrani has been convicted for a total of 8 years imprisonment with a total fine of 1.1million rupees. But he will benefit from section 382-B Cr.P.C that stated the period of detention to be considered while awarding sentence of imprisonment.
The victim, however, said that women must come forward against such people. “I know it’s not an easy job. Seeking justice with patience is really a serious task. But preferring silence over justice means to be a part of the crime,” she said, added; “I’m not against all men. If this was done by a woman, I would also go to the court against her”.