Online threats: Why the potential rapists walk unleashed

Rape threat, Online abuse
While social media platforms fail to regulate violent content and the police show helplessness, Indian women have every reason not to feel safe both online and offline | Image - Eunice Dhivya

For Chennai-based Shalin Maria Lawrence, being vocal on social media comes at a huge mental cost—rape threats, cyberstalking and constant harassment by trolls sliding into her timeline and inundating her with abusive content.

A social activist and writer, Lawrence has been subjected to all kinds of harassment and threats online. “The moment you post your opinion on any particular issue, the floodgates of hate and abuse suddenly get unleashed,” she says.

While Lawrence and many other women like her are under no illusion that rape and death threats are new, she says the ‘culture’ of silencing women with rape and violence has been there for long.

“And technology cannot change mindsets.”

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