Punishment is for the culprit, not you!
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 tampering with their pictures 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.