Richa Chandrawanshi, an engineer with a multinational company in Bengaluru, has used social media to humiliate the man who allegedly sent her sexually offensive text messages.
A Facebook user, Vivek Tiwari, sent Chandrawanshi messages purportedly asking her to sleep with him. When police did not act on her repeated complaints, she decided to teach the man a lesson by posting screenshots of his messages on social media platforms.
Chandrawanshi’s post of the screenshots went viral and Tiwari soon became apologetic and begged her not to file a complaint with police. He also deactivated his Facebook profile.
Tiwari, who claims to be a businessman on his Facebook page, had the picture of a car as his profile photograph.
Chandrawanshi, a native of Jabalpur, said she took the step “for those girls who prefer the option of ‘blocking’ the sender of vulgar messages instead of teaching a lesson to eve teasers. But it only increases the names in the block list and nothing else”.
Though she lodged a complaint with the cyber crime cell of police, she thinks it will take a long time to punish the man through the legal process.
“We have a cyber law but action against offenders is so sluggish that an offender would move and settle at some other place before police could reach him. Even after 20 days, nothing happened on my complaint in the cyber crime branch of police,” she told Hindustan Times over phone.
Chandrawanshi said many girls had contacted her after she chose to expose Tiwari. Many of them told her they do not take any action against online harassment because they believed their parents would ask them to stop using social media platforms.
“If someone is harassing a girl, it is not her fault. She should fight back for a complete solution. Otherwise, this kind of men will continue with their design through fake profiles,” she said.
“Maybe they are thinking I have a strong backing to face such a man. But I made it clear to them that I am as simple a girl as they are.”
She added: “I took this step of causing public humiliation to my tormentor because one of my friends told me she went through a similar experience but police took five months to get to the offender and she continued to suffer traumatically for those five months.”
She said that though people praised her on social media, many of her friends and relatives had criticised her.
“They said instead of teaching a lesson to the offender, I have an increased risk for me but I am happy that my parents, especially my father, came to my support.”