This incident has also shed light on cyber bullying in India.
If you are a victim of cyberbullying, here are a few immediate measures you can take to tackle this criminal offense:
1. Report the account/ group on the social media platform, immediately.
The firsts step should be to block and report your cyberbully on the particular social media platform, ASAP and request your friends to block the account too.
2. You can conveniently launch an official complaint against your cyberbully on the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal.
There is a specific column where you can report cyber crimes related to children and women. If you don’t want to give out your personal details, you can file a complaint anonymously on this portal.
3. In case you’re unsure about the procedure of officially reporting the account or need any form of guidance, contact the National Cyber Crime’s helpline number.
Their helpline number is active from 9 am to 6 p.m.
You can also reach out to them through Twitter.
Do not trust online users unless you know and trust them in real life. Also do not share your personal information such as address, phone number, date of birth etc. on social media. Identity thieves can easily access and misuse this information.— Cyber Dost (@CyberDost) February 3, 2020
4. Inform your friends and family about the incident and keep them in the loop.
Cyberbullying is tough and you might think that your parents will blame you for being too active on social media, but know that they will understand the graveness of the situation if you give them a chance. Share the load and inform your friends and family about what you’re going through.
6. Save the evidence, record the date, time, and description of the incidents in the form of screenshots.
7. There is nothing wrong in seeking professional help to overcome your trauma.
Being a victim of cyberbullying can take a toll on your mental health. Please know that there is nothing wrong with seeking professional counseling and guidance to process your traumatic experience.
8. Don’t shut yourself out or bottle up your emotions, talk about it.
Remember that cyberbullying is a criminal offense and no one has the right to victim-shame you. If you can, muster up the courage to talk about your experience. It might help and guide a lot of other people who are going through the same thing. You’re not alone.
9. To be on the safer side, change your passwords.
This is just a precautionary method to ensure your future, cyber safety.
If you wish to report an incident, please click here. You are not alone in this fight. Stay Strong.