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Zero Tolerance On Social Media Abuse

Reddit case ‘Bois Locker Room’

The ‘Bois Locker room’ controversy erupted in India recently after a conversation among a group of teenagers from Delhi came out into the open where some males were found engaging in extremely inappropriate discussion about women. Subsequently, the Police had registered a case on the matter and started investigating it. Now, reports are coming in that at least one screenshot where an account called ‘Siddharth’ was suggesting the rape of a girl was being run by the same girl.

As per reports, “The purpose of her sending such chat messages using a fake, fictional identity was to check the reaction of the receiver boy and the strength of his character, especially when someone talks bad things about the girl herself.”

Text: Ankita Jain
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It’s a very amazing initiative to defend your personal space. Also bullying is not socially acceptable in today’s world. But at the same time, it makes us question the freedom of speech. It all depends on how someone takes it. On the one hand, we are talking about not invading the personal space and on the other, freedom of speech becomes a big question mark. I feel that Zero Tolerance motive should be to use the social media platform civilly and to educate people on how you can affect someone’s life with a small remark you make sitting behind a camera, computer screen, smartphone, etc.

I really cannot say how effective the campaign will be but it’s a step towards a change. I am sure it will shake things up and people will think before posting something without consent and that’s what I feel Zero Tolerance is all about.

In my opinion, the toxic masculinity that we witness on social media comes from parenting. What you are taught as kids stays with you forever until and unless you want to initiate the change. I feel parenting reflects on the society that we live in.

If you feel comments and sexual jokes are bothering you, dare to stand up and say a big NO. Talk to people about it because words are strong and don’t ever underestimate the power that comes with finding solutions.