With the restrictions on journey and lockdown, digital modes of communication and social media are extra vital than ever. However, in current instances, cases of on-line harassment have additionally elevated manifold and threats like rape and loss of life have grow to be a standard incidence. And in contrast to the notion that solely girls are focused, these threats are obtained and made by individuals of all genders. Sonakshi Sinha has come within the help of identical.
Recently, poet, storyteller and TEDx speaker Dhruv Shah made a video sharing his opinions on rape tradition vs Nationalism, following which he began getting harassed and was even added to a gaggle by 13 males who threatened to rape him and make gang porn. Once referred to as out, they even threatened him with abetment to suicide. Dhruv shared a video stating his ordeal about lack of help from platforms and different activists.
Following this, Sonakshi Sinha, who has been working a marketing campaign referred to as, Ab Bas to unfold consciousness on cyberbullying and focus on how deeply this menace runs, psychological affect and authorized choices, shared Dhruv’s video on her Instagram tales with the caption, “Let’s not suffer in the silence. Speak up, reach out Kyunki ab Bas!” urged Mumbai Police, Mission Josh and cyber professional Ritesh Bhatia to assist Dhruv. Following Sonakshi’s story, Mansi Dhanak and Vinav Bhanawat from Mission Josh and Ritesh Bhatia linked with Dhruv to file a grievance with requisite paperwork on the cyber-crime web site. Within a day, a grievance was registered and the harassment and bullying focused in the direction of Dhruv diminished considerably.
Post the incidence, Dhruv shared Sonakshi Sinha’s story and thanked Sonakshi. He wrote“This has been the most reassuring gesture. Thank You so much for your kindness”.
When requested about what urged Sonakshi to not solely improve consciousness on the topic but additionally guarantee swift motion in circumstances of on-line harassment, she mentioned, “This culture of disrespecting and harassing people online, hiding behind the garb of anonymity has gone on for way too long. The cyber-world is as big a part of our lives today. Things that are illegal to say or do in real life should be illegal on the internet as well. I can vouch for everyone having gone through some form of online bullying, trolling, harassment, or scam at some point in their lives, I just want to make it known that they don’t have to suffer through it anymore. There are laws in place that can help. Ab Bas. The cyber-world also needs to be a better place for us.”
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