Beating Cellphone Harrasment with the CPLC

One of the most common occurances (after stealing of cellphones) is being harrased on a cell-phone. Though women are mostly the target of such calls, quite many men also fall prey to such activities as well. This situation usually arises, when a personal mobile number falls in the hands of an unscrupulous person, who then starts giving missed calls (i know this is not the acurate term for it, but its the most popular) to receiving sms’s or calls. The msgs and calls can be about anything, ranging from a frienship offer to sexual harrasment.

The Prophetess, an active pakistani blogger, faced such a situtation herself recently, and for once, did not just sit down and take it. She made it a point to get back at the harrasser with the help of the local law enforcement and blogged about her experience on how to stop harrasment by contacting the CPLC (Citizen Police Liason Committee). Bravo Prophetess! We need more people like you taking a proactive initiative rather than just sitting on their arse and taking the abuse!

Please read her post for the complete info. An excerpt from her post follows…

The CPLC told me they indeed deal with matters of harassment, and the process was to make a written complaint. I got their web address, and got on to beat crime together. Using the contact form, I sent an email with accurate details (misreporting is serious, and just below ethics). Within about ten minutes, I got a call from a gentleman who surveyed the situation. He has told me to send in a written application which will be used to send a verified complaint to the cellular network of the harasser. We briefly discussed the harassment situation in general. He told me that in cases similar to mine, they would normally give a warning call from CPLC to the guilty party. Failing heed, the party’s phone would be blocked. If there was actual threat (i.e. the caller made a threat to life, honor, money, etc.) it would be dealt with accordingly. I didn’t press for details on this one.

8 Comments so far

  1. SWA (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

    Bravo to the Prophetess for setting an example! Yes, we citizens need to start playing a more proactive and aggressive role in eliminating the vices in our society.

  2. YO YO (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 12:40 am

    Can we congratulate Prophetess over her CELLPHONE…:) please post the number.

  3. mansoor (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 11:36 am

    yo yo: LoL! unless you’d want the next call to your cell to come from the CPLC ;)

  4. The Prophecy (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

    The ordeal did not end there. I used Plan B. I will blog about that in detail, soon.

    I have to report with a tinge of sadness that the legal, straight route did not work for me. Finally, it was up to me to deal with these people myself. However, I have previous experience of tracking down a hacker… and I used a mix of technical and personal techniques to put an end to this tamasha.

    But the bottomline is: no passive suffering. If one thing does not work, find another way. Good must prevail!

    Thank you for the post, Mansoor.

  5. Sameeh (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

    Good story. Cant wait to read conclusion to this eventful (may i call) incident. Also this blogging thing is a bit harsh on people who want to know the background of original poster/author.
    If there is a way to contact bloggers or email them with privacy intact?
    Anyways, I liked her blog site content, but hated the color and design, with respect.

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

    sameeh: many ppl wish to keep their backgrounds secret when they blog, and all we can know about them is what they let us, and from their posts…

  7. Sameeh (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    When I say profile for author or bloggers, I am speaking of blog site of Prophecy. Here I know I can check profile of most bolggers :).

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

    sameeh: she hasnt put up anything i guess.. but your more than welcome to read up on ‘our’ profiles :D

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