ONLINE SHAMING LEAVES MEN SCARED
The recent shaming of an alleged harasser online has left men worried that social media can be used to falsely implicate them
Actor Sonakshi Sinha recently apologised to Sarvjeet Singh on Twitter, who was arrested for allegedly harassing Jasleen Kaur, 20, in Tilak Nagar. Jasleen had posted Sarvjeet’s picture on Facebook. Her post went viral and netizens condemned Sarvjeet’s act. The next day, eye witness Vishwajeet claimed that Jasleen’s account was false. Tables turned in Sarvjeet’s favour, and people began sympathising with him. Sonakshi, too, says that she feels guilty that she stood up for the girl earlier. “Being a girl, I gave the benefit of doubt to Jasleen, like many others! And like many others, am embarrassed n let down! Apologies to the guy (sic),” she wrote on Twitter.
The incident has rekindled the debate whether it’s fair to shame online or not, and has also left men scared that women might use social media to falsely implicate men or to get away from wrongdoings. Arjun Arora, 23, shares a recent run-in with a female driver. “When I asked why she didn’t indicate to turn right, she got furious. I should’ve confronted her but I feared she might click my photo and posts it online. People will be quick to accuse me. So, I smiled and moved on,” he says.
Arjun is not the only one feeling disgruntled. In a viral video, Shwetabh from Mensutra (an entertainment portal for men) asks, “Where does this lead to? Tomorrow, a girl can upload a photo of her ex or a guy she doesn’t like, and say he is harassing her? What if she does it to get more Twitter followers?”
However, many still believe that social media is a strong platform to fight harassment. Stuti Makhija, a student, says, “This is a rare case where it got messed up. I believe that social media helps instill fear in the minds of harassers.” Agrees Aanchal Dwiwedi, another student, “We can’t disregard the importance of social media due to one case.”
Jasleen (right) posted Sarvjeet’s picture on Facebook, alleging that he harassed her