To curb the growing number of incidents of harassment and stalking, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Friday announced that her department has set up a new cyber cell to deal with abuse hurled on women online. She urged women to post their complaints using the hashtag #IamTrolledHelp.
The minister said that all the complaints would be forwarded to the National Commission for Women and solved within time. Section 10 of the National Commission for Women Act, 1990, will give the commission the powers of a civil court while investigating matters concerning to women’s rights.
Gandhi referred to recent case in this matter, in which a girl from Salem, Tamil Nadu committed suicide after morphed photos of her circulated on Facebook.
The WCD ministry has reportedly received over 50 complaints already.
The Ministry will be working with Twitter India to address abusive behaviour and harassment. The ministry, however, has clarified that they are not trying to police the social media platforms but if somebody is aggrieved, they can get in touch with them and they will work with Twitter to solve this issue.