Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) received prank calls a lot…
The Punjab Emergency Service, Rescue 1122 received 10,88,235 obnoxious / irrelevant calls at emergency number 1122 since its inception in District Rawalpindi. The data revealed that 10,88,235 obnoxious calls included:
- 537,623 calls from girls,
- 462,705 from boys,
- 32,437 from kids,
- 2,460 musical calls,
- 51,450 abusing calls and
- 1,560 were obnoxious / irrelevant calls.
While talking to The News Emergency Officer Headquarters and Public Relation Officer Rescue 1122 , Rawalpindi, Deeba Shahnaz Akhter said that the service has tried several solutions which include blocking of such unwanted callers, warnings over phone and sensitizing the caller about the significance and importance of emergency number. As a result of this sensitizing campaign, a few regular pranksters have stopped dialing emergency number 1122 . However, the overall numbers still continues to increase therefore, the service is compelled to take necessary legal action which includes imprisonment for six months or fine of Rs 50,000 or both.
Girls are not only outnumbering boys in studies and getting top positions in exam results but also on top in making prank calls to helplines of different services like Rescue 1122 . Dr. Iffat Rohail, said we have given many mobile numbers of prank callers to Pakistan Telecom Authority for blocking them and in future we would take strict action against such callers and would register FIR against them.
The Director General Rescue 1122, Dr. Rizwan Naseer said that it is the duty and moral responsibility of every citizen to respect the emergency number 1122. He said that we would still prefer that the citizens understand the significance and importance of emergency number and not try to deprive the emergency victims of their right to be provided timely rescue and emergency medical treatment. This is the reason behind that we do not initiate criminal proceedings against such obnoxious callers.
Talking to The News , Dr. Iffat Rohail, a PhD in Psychology, said that mostly young boys do such activities for fun, thrill and sometimes because of frustration. If girls are taking lead in prank calls then there are several reasons for it. First and most important thing is that now girls have more freedom in our society as compared to the past.
She said mobile phones have become an addiction for new generation and youngsters especially girls misuse their mobiles and do such type of activities.
Source: The News