The Hush Post: Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi has been threatened on Twitter with the rape of her 10-year-old daughter. “I have filed a complaint at the Goregaon police station. Police have assured me of prompt action in the matter,” Chaturvedi told media persons.
In the tweet, which was deleted later, a user @GirishK1605 had said would rape Chaturvedi’s minor daughter.
“Despite having a picture of Lord Ram as his profile picture, the accused did not hesitate from making such remarks,” Chaturvedi tweeted.
The issue comes close on the heels of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj being trolled for helping an inter-faith couple get their passport. One of the trolls asked Swaraj’s husband to inflict physical violence on her for helping the couple.
The incident sparked outrage on social media, with political leaders and netizens coming out in support of Chaturvedi. “The troller/account holder posting such threats much be booked under the law and needs to be punished immediate,” NCP leader Supriya Sule tweeted while asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take serious cognizance of the issue.
A verbal duel began between the Congress and BJP pushing back the crucial question – is social media going beyond its limit?
With online suicides taking place frequently ( Cong leader Dimple Rana ‘s son recently attempted suicide on FB), life threats being issued ( Attack on singer Parmeesh Verma) and now threats of rape being issued with impunity, the social media has started appearing more of an evil than an asset.