Walking to her hostel back from work, Priya (not real name) received a call on her mobile. She loathed to take it up, and silenced her mobile. By the time she went to bed, she had already received 50 missed calls, from one number! Burdened with an ever-increasing workload, it is a new hassle she is learning to deal with.
Priya is not alone. Like Priya, many girls in Technopark are now at having a new problem. There has been a spate of unwanted calls from strangers. The first time, the caller mentions the name and the employer details of the girls. Naturally, the girls think it is from someone known to them. It is only when the calls turns suggestive that they come to know something is amiss. They immediately hang up, but the psychopaths have had their taste of blood. And continues the pestering.
What has raised eyebrows is the fact that quite a lot of girls working in Technopark are getting the calls, and that too from a specific set of numbers. Many of them believe that it has been leaked from the mobile operators themselves, since otherwise it is impossible for such specific targeting. Most mobile operators provide corporate connections to employees working in Technopark, and to provide these, they ask for personal details including photographs and ID Card copies. If this is being leaked from the mobile operator’s offices, it is indeed a serious breach of trust. The personal information falling into the wrong hands can have disastrous effects on the personal lives of the person. Mobile operators have always maintained that they have been taking steps to prevent such instances, but the latest series of incidents show that they have been lethargic in implementing them.
TechnoparkToday has information of the numbers used to make the calls. We are hereby releasing to the public the last 4 digits of the numbers – 5291, 9231, 6619, 7289, 2041, 4109 and many others.. we have a list of numbers which is reported by the harassed female employees, and we will handover to the authorities, if there is a request to do so.
So what can be done against this? The usual step is to register a complaint with the local police station (the cyber crime cell does not allow case registration. They only take up cases forwarded by local police). A better idea for women in Technopark would be to take this up with their companiesâ€™ womenâ€™s cell (This is mandatory in all companies now). They can forward it through Technopark to the police. Such a combined effort would force the police to take this up seriously and quickly. And believe us, once cajoled, the police does act decidedly on such anti-socials on all complaints they receive.
The mobile operators should also take up more responsibility in ensuring the privacy of their customers. The onus is on them to prevent such a blatant misuse of personal information.
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