Pun­ish­ment is for the cul­prit, not you!

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - Front Page - Ab­hi­nav Verma ab­hi­nav. verma@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

The re­cent case of a 21-yearold woman in Tamil Nadu end­ing her life after her mor­phed photos were up­loaded on Facebook, brings the spot­light back on the grow­ing lev­els of cy­ber crime in In­dia. Even though the cul­prit in this par­tic­u­lar case is be­hind bars, the bat­tle to curb cy­ber bul­ly­ing is go­ing to be tough one, say ex­perts.

“With so­cial me­dia and chat­ting apps be­ing the ma­jor mode of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween young­sters, cy­ber crime is on a rise rapidly. The dis­turb­ing trend of mor­phed photos be­ing leaked on­line is one of the prime ex­am­ples,” says HGS Dhali­wal, a se­nior police of­fi­cer of Delhi Police.

Also, the pop­u­lar­ity of dat­ing web­sites has also made it eas­ier to get ac­cess to users’ photos. “Users up­load their images on these sites and there­fore be­come vul­ner­a­ble to their photos be­ing mis­used,” says Ishdeep Sawh­ney, founder of a dat­ing web­site. Sug­gest­ing how peo­ple can guard against these crimes, Shawney says, “If the user finds any­one through these sites, the com­pany should be no­ti­fied im­me­di­ately.”

How­ever, psy­chol­o­gists urge vic­tims of cy­ber bul­ly­ing not to take the ex­treme step. “When some­one goes through an or­deal like this, they ex­pe­ri­ence in­tense emo­tions like pain and suf­fer­ing and feel there is no end to it. But they need to un­der­stand that it’s not their fault. Sui­cide is not the so­lu­tion. In or­der to move on, they need to talk to some­one whom they trust. Don’t pun­ish your­self, pun­ish­ment is for the cul­prit,” says psy­chol­o­gist Pulkit Sharma.

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