Father of man who sent ‘obscene’ messages to Prez’s daughter apologises
The father of the young man who sent obscene messages to Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of President Pranab Mukherjee and a Congress leader, has apologised, saying that his son is undergoing psychiatric treatment, she said on Tuesday.india Updated: Aug 16, 2016 19:09 IST
President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter, Sharmistha Mukherjee, announced the success of her “naming and shaming” strategy on Tuesday, claiming that the father of the person who sent her lewd messages on social media had apologised.
She said the father claimed his son was under psychiatric treatment.
“One consequence of this episode of ‘naming & shaming’ & tagging the person has been, in this case, that his family & friends have become aware of his loathsome behaviour,” she wrote on Facebook.
Sharmistha had taken to Facebook on Saturday to call out a man who identified himself as Partha Mondal for sending her obscene messages on the networking site. She said instead of using her VIP status as the President’s daughter, she chose to fight back on the online portal by naming and shaming the person.
Her Facebook profile does not mention her father’s name, but it mentions that she is the chief spokesperson of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee.
Urging all women victims of online harassment to come forward and expose their tormentors, Sharmistha said her strategy to publicly name and shame Mondal had been successful.
“The ‘shame’ is NOT yours for being abused, the shame is on the abuser. Pls don’t ignore & keep quite,” she wrote. “Of course there are more complicated issues of fake IDs, difficulty in tracking the abuser & police apathy in general. But this is one tool every woman who is being abused has...publicly expose the abuser (sic).”
She claimed to have advised Mondal’s father to urge his son to surrender to the local police, even though he claimed a psychiatric problem might be to blame for the messages.
“Let the court decide if he is actually ‘sick’ or as we say in Bengali, a ‘sheyana pagol’! (one who pretends lunacy),” she wrote.
Sharmistha had earlier told HT that the messages were sent to her on Friday night. She initially thought of ignoring them, but then realised that it would only embolden the perpetrator.
“I fought back without any reference to my VIP status. Generally girls or women block such a person. But that never helps because the offenders take advantage of the situation and humiliate others,” she said.