Friday, January 22, 2010
Net Cafe Scandal
When I came to Pakistan in 2002,this was the hottest news at that time. Someone set up an internet cafe in Rawalpindi.He built small cabins, placed computers , put a screen door with locks on the inside, installed lights in the ceiling and hidden in the lights, installed cameras. Young men and women started to patronize the establishment. They came alone or as couples, went into the cabins and viewed porn websites on the computers. The owners of the establishment recorded these activities and would later show the movies to the couples and blackmail them for dirty deeds. A CD was compiled and send to Dubai where it sold for $100,000. Copies were made and sold in UK, USA, Europe and finally, made their way back home. In the beginning, these CDs were sold for five thousand rupees in Lahore A gang got hold of the CD and tracked down 25 families of those involved They delivered the CDs to those houses. This caused an instant chaos. Three of the girls in the scandal committed suicide. One was killed by her father. Two were divorced . While the boys ran away from their houses. Some of the young men involved belonged to very prominent families of Rawalpindi. These families fell prey to blankmailing from the gang, millions in rupees were paid so that the distribution of the CDs would be stopped but who can stop it when it's aready widely distributed.A few days ago,a friend told me that somebody created a website and uploaded the videos.I just hope this will be blocked by the government to prevent more trouble for those involved.