‘Troll’s arrest just the start, crack down on network’: Priyanka Chaturvedi

The arrest of the troll who threatened to rape her minor daughter has not brought ‘closure’, says Priyanka Chaturvedi. Her fake tweet is still viral and police need to do more to break the nexus

Photo courtesy: Facebook 
Photo courtesy: Facebook

Priyanka Chaturvedi

If I see it personally then the accused, who was a nameless, faceless twitter handle till recently and who used that very anonymity to threaten me and my family has been booked and will eventually be punished is a development that should conclude and settle it for me.

I fought this with the backing of immense public support and rock-solid family that gave me the strength to fight. However, should this end here? No. This fight for our collective space and right to say what we want to is much bigger. A democracy only thrives when we discuss and debate through continued dialogue.

In the larger scheme of things the accused in this incident is just a cog in the wheel of a much larger hate spewing, organised machinery. This targeted trolling has become an official political tool of a dominant ideology being pushed today. It is this corrupt means to silence anyone opposed to you through vile abuse and violent threats that needs to be exposed and broken. The political patronage that such people receive has been clearly exposed time and again, the government's reluctance to rein in a monster they have created is evidence enough of their complicity. This organised menace needs to be tackled by all sections of the political spectrum. This fig leaf of an excuse that if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen needs to be thrown into the bin, a place it duly deserves to be in. Why should we not expect more accountability from those in power? Why should the government not break its silence? Why should the government be allowed to pass the buck?

This is a first instance that comes to my mind in which a public troll who directed hate and threat on social media has been taken to task and the police has followed up with speed, right intent and the seriousness that it truly deserves.

The sad reality though is that the fake quote attributed to me that implied the party and I stand for the accused of Mandsaur gang rape continues to be viral on facebook and whatsapp,it continues to trigger hateful, vile abuse and call for violence being directed at me. Let's not forget we live in times where fake quotes, forwards, news on social media platforms has led to several hate crimes and made mob lynching rampant. These viral fake stories have got people take law in their own hands.

This arrest is a step in the right direction and should be taken further- so as to investigate the larger nexus, so as to expose those who allow this kind of discourse to prevail with impunity, so as to dismantle the hate machinery which is causing unrest and hate across the society.

To end on a positive note if evil exists in society there is greater goodness that prevails. Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman burnt down the kingdom of Lanka for a woman's honour, today their image and their name is being used to abuse women at large, this I truly believe is the greatest disservice to the Hindu Dharma.

The article has been reproduced from Priyanka Chaturvedi’s Facebook post

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