The Digital Rights Foundation has announced that it will launch Pakistan’s ‘first cyber harassment hotline’ on Dec 1.

The service will be available at 0800-39393 .

The announcement made on DRF’s Facebook page said the hotline is a “free, safe and confidential service” for victims of online harassment which aims to provide legal advice, digital security support, psychological counselling and a referral system to victims.

“It will begin its operations on Dec 1, 2016,” the DRF said.

The launch of the helpline is part of the DRF’s 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women.

Shmyla Khan, the DRF lawyer heading the helpline initiative, says the non-profit is collaborating with the Federal Investigation Agency, which has considerable experience in handling cases of online harassment.

“We will not be recording any calls and storing any data in order to safeguard the complainant’s right to privacy,” Khan said, adding that the caller’s safety was the initiative’s top priority.

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