Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar Urges Women To Report Online Harassment. Okay, But Will These Accused Also Be Released On Bail?
In the real world or the reel world – women’s safety is a far-fetched dream. Every other day we hear news of women getting harassed online – whether on social media or apps like Bulli Bai and Sulli Deals. But most of the crimes go unreported because most women fear reporting online harassment. Taking notice of this, the Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar urged women to report online harassment crimes to either the cyber police or the platform where the crime has taken place.
On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, was at The Call It Out Conclave, when he urged women to not ignore online harassment and report the crime to cyber police or the platform/app where the crime has taken place. He further added that the government has made strict laws to tackle cyberbullying.
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The Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology further said that the government has come up with strict laws that make the intermediaries and social media platforms answerable to them. Rajeev Chandrasekhar also said that these laws also ensure that these platforms address the reports of grievances filed by the user within a certain time period and if not done so then they lose indemnity and will face action as the publisher of the content.
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As per reports, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said, “If women today are being harassed online there is a way that they ought to respond. First thing is that they should not ignore it. They shouldn’t start believing that there is no option but to either block it or ignore it. You can report that incident to the cyber police in the state where you are residing or report it on the platform where you got this incident.” To further push the women to report online harassment incidents, he said that the anonymity of those online does not last too long after the police or the platform has detected the crime the person has committed.
Well, I do agree with him that more women should come out and report online harassment incidents, but is there even a point to it? I mean, there were many women who were targeted in the Bulli Bai app and Sulli Deals app, who actually came out and reported the crimes, and the culprits were arrested as well. But now? The same culprits are given bail on humanitarian grounds and are left free. So the question remains, is there even a point to reporting it if they are going to be left free?