Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi has brought to light a case of online abuse at its worst. She posted a screenshot of a post by a Twitter user that is so disgusting that it’s scary.
The tweet said Chaturvedi should be raped and brutally killed like Nirbhaya.
In a piece for NDTV, Chaturvedi cited a survey by the Observer Research Foundation, which mentioned that out of 23,250 tweets under political trending topics, only 7.72% were by women and 46.15% were from men, as the remaining were from organisations or users with unspecified gender.
“Shri Arun Jaitley said it was near impossible to control the trolling. While I appreciate his honesty, I disagree with him saying it isn’t possible. If laws against trolling and cyber abuse were made more stringent (discarding the loopholes in Sec 66A ) and if the response because less red tape and more proactive, then maybe there could be a way to address this issue. So saying it’s not possible is a convenient escape route that he took.”
Chaturvedi tweeted that she has filed an FIR in the matter.