LAHORE: The Rescue 1122 service will initiate necessary legal action, including imprisonment for six months or a Rs 50,000 fine or both, against obnoxious callers under the Telegraph Act and Punjab Emergency Act 2006, Rescue 1122 Director General (DG) Dr Rizwan Naseer said on Tuesday.
The data divulged by Rescue 1122 showed that it received 17.56 million calls since its inception in October 2004, and out of them, 90 percent calls were obnoxious or irrelevant. The data revealed that girls made 4.8 million out of 15.9 million obnoxious calls, making it 30.16 percent of the total figure. They called the emergency more than any other group for sexually explicit talk. A telephone operator at Rescue 1122, seeking anonymity, told Daily Times that the girls called the service for discussing sexually explicit issues with the operators.
He said some operators also responded to fulfil their own lust, but most of the operators discouraged such calls. Rescue 1122 spokesman Faheem Jahanzeb told Daily Times that there were five toll-free lines of emergency service in Lahore. He said these numbers were provided to facilitate the citizens in an emergency, but some people were misusing the facility. He said if these numbers remained busy in taking irrelevant calls, some serious emergency could go unattended, causing serious damage. rana tanveer