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How to get rid of trolls and online harassment? #SocialMedia

Reporting Online Threats And Abuse

The internet and especially social media platforms have always been a way for everyone and anyone to share their opinions on things they feel should be talked about. If what you are saying is within the purview of the law, it is a forum without censorship, a place to speak without any encumbrances and limitations. However, increasingly, it happens that if people disagree with your opinions, you will face abuse that is personal in nature, based on your gender, sexual orientation, religion, place of origin and other identifiable personal characteristics. Sometimes these threats spill over from the internet to real life. Even where it doesn’t, the fear keeps people from speaking up further. If you are a woman, there is a higher chance of abuse being sexual in nature and threats of sexual assault are common. It’s easier to abuse online because the internet provides an encouraging sense of security due to the ostensible anonymity that it provides.

Here are some of the common situations that can happen online, and what you can do if you are faced with them. We have not covered children in this article, though there are laws that exist for protecting children online.

Someone took private photos of mine and is posting them everywhere without my permission

The first step can be to try and approach the social network to get the pictures taken down.

How to remove photos


  1. Tap (☰) at the top right corner of the page.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap “Report a Problem”.
  3. Select a product (i.e. “Profile”, “Photos”, or “Pages”) from the list provided in the drop-down menu.
  4. In the “What went wrong?” text box, include the information outlined in the four points above.
  5. You have the option to attach a screenshot of the reported content. Of note: If the picture/video being reported contains individuals under the age of 18 whose sexual organs are visible and/or who are engaged in sexual activity, we suggest that you do NOT screen capture this content.
  6. Tap “Submit”.


  1. Access
  2. Select the most appropriate option regarding how you are involved (i.e. “Directed at me”).
  3. Select the most appropriate type of complaint (e.g. “Harassment” or “Specific violent threats involving physical safety or well-being”).
  4. Complete the form, including providing a link to the content, the individual’s username, Twitter username, and email address in the appropriate fields.
  5. Fill out the questionnaire based on information about the reported content.
  6. In the field marked “Further description of problem”, provide the information outlined in the four points above.
  7. Tap “Submit”.

The instructions given above are for mobile. For details on how to do this on a desktop, and on other social media platforms, check this out.

If you have tried this out and it’s not working or you are unhappy with the results, then you can also take the legal route. For women, the situation mentioned above is a crime under the Indian Penal Code. There is also a section of the Information Technology Act which deals with this and is generally applicable to everyone.

Section 354C of the Indian Penal Code: This section deals with Voyeurism.  It is a crime to view and/or capture the image of a woman going about her private acts, where she thinks that no one is watching her. This includes a woman:

  1. using a toilet, or
  2. who is undressed or in her underwear, or
  3. engaged in a sexual act.

If the woman agrees to private photos, it is not a crime to take them. However, if she expects them to remain with only certain people, then sharing them is a crime. Explanation 2 makes it clear that the woman must expressly consent to both, watching/taking pictures as well as sharing them, for it to not be an offense.

The punishment for this can be jail between three to seven years and a fine.

Section 66E of the Information Technology Act: This section deals with violation of privacy. It is a crime to take pictures of a person’s private area, share them or publish them without their consent. The punishment can be jail for up to three years and up to two lakh rupees in fine.

While the IPC section can only be used by women, the section in the IT act applies to everyone and is not gender specific.

Someone’s found all my online accounts and keeps sending me messages on email, Facebook etc.! I’ve made it clear I don’t want to communicate with him, what else can I do?

Hey, the first thing to do here would be to try and block the person from your social media and on email.

  1. For Gmail, the process to block people from sending you emails is simple and can be accessed here. Similar options are available on other platforms.
  2. Adjust your settings on social networks to block the person. If this option is not available, you may need to send a formal complaint/report to the provider (e.g. Instagram, Facebook).
  3. If the communication is happening over the phone, then there are options which allow you to block calls and texts from certain numbers.
  4. Some sites allow users to set limits on who can search for them, who can send friend requests, etc. Learn about the privacy settings on your social networking accounts to control who can contact you.

Now let’s check the law on this. The law that deals with this applies only to women. It would fall under the definition of stalking, covered under Section 354D of the Indian Penal Code.

Stalking is –

  1. Continuously following a woman or contacting her,
  2. Either online or in person
  3. Where she has clearly shown, she doesn’t want the attention

It is punished by three years for a first offense, and five years for repeat offenses.

The section makes an exception if a person is stalking a woman as part of a legal duty to do so.

Example: Jeevan is a police officer tracking down a drugs shipment and has been monitoring emails received by Stuti. This would be covered by the exception.

Someone is sending me obscene material without my consent

The first thing to do would be to block the person and prevent them from communicating with you any further.

If that doesn’t work, then there are some options under the law:

  1. Section 354A, dealing with sexual harassment, covers showing pornography against the will of a woman.
  2. Section 67 of the Information Technology Act punishes sharing obscene material in electronic form. The punishment can be jail for five years and a fine of ten lakh rupees.
  3. Section 67A of the act punishes sharing material containing sexually explicit act in electronic form with jail for seven years and a fine of ten lakh rupees. The provisions of the Information Technology Act are not gender specific and apply to everyone.

Someone keeps abusing me with bad language on a social media platform

Most social media networks have terms and conditions that apply to all users and that prohibit certain activity associated with bullying like harassment, violating privacy, etc.

  1. If you notify the network, they may issue a warning to the person doing it, close their account and/or block contact between your account and the other person.
  2. They may also have records of the contact between the other person and you which may be helpful (e.g. if reporting to law enforcement).
  3. Remember that the person abusing you can also create a new account and start again. If this occurs, prompt and continued reporting may be needed.
  4. Ask your friends to block the abuser to help control the problem.
  5. It would also be useful to point out these instances in public on social media, in your own network, and to the networks themselves.

The type of legal recourse you can take depends on the type of abuse you are getting.

  1. If you are a woman, and the abuse is sexual in nature, this would fall under the definition of sexual harassment as per section 354A of the Indian Penal Code. The section covers making a demand for sexual favors and making sexually colored remarks towards a woman. It contains a punishment which can be between a year to three years in jail.
  2. There is also section 509 of the Indian Penal Code. This section deals with word, gesture or act which intends to insult the ‘modesty’ of a woman. What does modesty of a woman mean? The IPC isn’t very clear on that. Courts usually make the determination based on the circumstances surrounding the incident. The Supreme Court referred to ‘modesty’ as “feminine decency” and a virtue that women possess due to their sex. For this section to apply, the offender should have uttered any word, made a gesture or sound, or exhibited any object, or intruded on the privacy of a woman, with the intention that this should be seen and heard by the woman. Under this section, punishment can be a term of simple imprisonment up to three years. If someone found your contact details online and tries to contact you constantly against your will, then that could fall under Section 509 as an intrusion of privacy intending to insult the modesty of a woman.
  3. The above-mentioned laws are gender specific and apply only to women. There are some other laws which apply generally. Section 294 of the IPC punishes any obscene words uttered in a public place. In case of religious abuse, section 295A of the IPC punishes words, either written or spoken, which insult someone’s religions or religious beliefs. For caste-based abuse, the SC/ST POA Act has a specific provision, section 3(1)(x) that deals with such abuse.

It’s no longer limited to abuse! Now they are sending threats to hurt me physically.

The threat of physical injury or harassment can be more intimidating. Depending on the nature of the threats, this could fall under the purview of section 503 of the IPC. This section deals with threatening to injure any person, their reputation, or their property. The punishment for criminal intimidation is given in section 506 of the IPC. The offender can be punished with jail for seven years and a fine.

Account hacked/fake account in my name?

If your account has been hacked, then there some options within the social media networks that can help you recover the account. Read them here.

Now let’s check the law. If your account has been hacked, and/or a fake account has been created in your name, different sections of the IT act would apply:

  1. Section 66C deals with identity theft. This would be useful in case your account has been hacked. For the section to apply, it must be shown that someone stole or dishonestly used your password, digital signature, or any other unique identifying feature. The punishment for this can be jail for three years and a fine of a lakh rupees.
  2. Section 66D applies to cheating by personation by using a computer source. If someone has created a fake social media account in your name and cheated anyone through it, then this section would apply. The punishment here can be same as for the section given above.

When do you file a complaint?

There is no minimum threshold, for how much abuse is too much, or when you should file a complaint. In the first instance, it may be useful to report such instances to the platform on which the abuse is taking place. In case that is ineffective, you can check whether the harassment falls under any of the provisions of the law given above. For the IPC sections, the medium on which abuse happens is not important, it’s the behavior that constitutes an offense that is important.

How do you file a complaint?

  1. Gather as much information as you can. Taking screenshots of relevant messages, conversations and comments can help your case.
  2. For online crimes, you can approach the cyber-crime branch of the police. Unlike other crimes, cyber-crimes are not limited by jurisdiction. You can report to the cyber-cell of any city, even if the offense was committed when you were in a different city. A list of details of cyber-crime cells can be accessed here.
  3. In case you are unable to file a complaint in the cyber cell, you can file a FIR with the local police station. Not sure how to file and FIR or what to do if the police refuse to take your complaint? This guide should help. A lot of the offenses mentioned above are cognizable, which means that the police can act, without waiting for the magistrate to issue a warrant.
  4. The women and child development ministry has also set-up a dedicated cyber cell to help women receiving online abuse.

A lot of the abuse and threats come from anonymous users, what can we do in that case?

For filing a FIR, it is not necessary to know the name of the person responsible for the crime to lodge a FIR. You should try and tell the police whatever you know, but you don’t have to know all the details.

There is also section 507 of the IPC, which says that any anonymous communication, which constitutes criminal intimidation as explained above, can be punished under this section. It allows the victim to file a complaint without knowing the identity of the harasser.

While the laws do exist, implementation has been questionable. However, with more awareness of the law and how it operates, engagement with authorities can help to improve implementation as well in the long term.

This article was written by Nyaaya, which is a free, non-profit resource explaining and documenting all Indian laws. If you want to read more about this law, then go through their explainer on this act, where they have explained the different sections of the law in simple English.

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Nagpur: Man beaten for carrying beef, attackers’ link with local MLA suspected

The incident follows a long list of such cases of mobs taking law into their own hands often resulting in casualties. Last month, protests broke out in various parts of the country against targeted lynchings of minorities and Dalits after Junaid Khan, a 15-year-old, was stabbed to death on a Mathura-bound train by a mob in Ballabhgarh in Haryana.

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A man in Nagpur being beaten up for allegedly carrying beef (ANI photo)

Four persons have been arrested for assaulting a Muslim man carrying meat at Jalalkheda, about 35 kilometers from Nagpur on Wednesday. “Salim Ismail Shah, 32, was carrying 15 kgs of meat on his motorcycle from Amner village to Katol, when he was accosted by four persons who beat him up, alleging he was carrying beef. Shah sustained injuries for which he was admitted to a hospital, from where he has been discharged,” Jalalkheda Police Inspector Vijaykumar Tiwari told The Indian Express.The four arrested have been identified as Moreshwar Tandulkar, Ashwin Uike, Janardan Chaudhary and Rameshwar Taywade. Tandulkar is said to be the tehsil unit chief of Prahar Sanghatan, an organisation headed by Bacchu Kadu, an independent MLA from Achalpur (Amravati). Tiwari confirmed that Tandulkar is the tehsil chief.On inquiring whether any of the other three had any links to Bajrang Dal or Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Tiwari replied in negative. Tiwari said, “We have sent the meat sample to a forensic laboratory to find out if it was beef or something else. We haven’t registered any offence against Shah as of now.” On being asked where was Shah headed with the meat, Tiwari informed, “Apparently there was some community programme at Katol and Shah was carrying it for the programme.”

A video clip of the assault, showing the man being dragged and kicked around, went viral on social media.

The incident follows a long list of such cases of mobs taking law into their own hands, often resulting in casualties.

The latest incident in Nagpur adds to the long list of such unprovoked attack on people accused of carrying beef across the country.


Last month, protests broke out in various parts of the country against targeted lynchings of minorities and Dalits after Junaid Khan, a 15-year-old, was stabbed to death on a Mathura-bound train by a mob in Ballabhgarh in Haryana. Khan’s death ensued after an argument over train seats escalated. Khan and his friends were called ‘beef-eaters’ by the mob and they were mocked over their skull caps.

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Hyderabad – WSS and THITS condemn the barbaric attack on a transgender woman by army jawans , demand immediate and stringent action for justice

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Joint Statement by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) and Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti (THITS)


 WSS and THITS condemn the barbaric attack on a transgender woman by army jawans , demand immediate and stringent action for justice



Hyderabad: WSS and THITS express outrage at the brutal physical and sexual assault of a 34 year old transgender woman by a group of army personnel. WSS demands stringent penal action against all the accused, a speedy investigation and trial, as well as complete medical treatment, compensation and legal support to the survivor (name concealed to respect identity).
On the night of 8th July 2017 at around 10:30 pm, the survivor was walking from the Tivoli talkies to Jubilee Bus Station. 10 uniformed Army Jawans (without name tags) accosted the survivor and began coercing her for sex. When the survivor firmly refused, they attacked her and dragged her inside the cantonment area, in the vicinity. The soldiers assumed her to be a cis-woman, and she screamed that she was trans. Dismissing her entreaties to be released, the soldiers dragged her by her feet inside the gated cantonment area. They bolted the gate so that she could not escape and two soldiers stood against the gate to stop her from escaping. They were all heavily drunk and they groped, pinched and traumatized her by clawing her breasts, chest, nipples and thrashed her on her hips, legs, thighs, calf muscles, right wrist and left elbow with thick branches torn from nearby trees. They also battered her back and coercively shoved a stick toward her posterior, but since she had her clothes on, she was able to stop the forced entry of the stick into her anal orifice. As she struggled to crawl out, she was time and again dragged back by her feet and was battered mercilessly. In the survivors’ own words, the soldiers kept yelling “Abey isey aaj chhodney kaa nahin, chodhnaa hain”.  (Hey, this person should not be left today, she should be fucked). The survivor has been grievously hurt and has scars from the assault all over her body.


This brutal attack, coupled with bleeding, left the survivor unconscious for almost two hours and it was only after regaining partial consciousness, she struggled and crawled out of the gate with enormous pain.  Later, with the help of a few other transgender women, friends she was taken to the Begumpet police station at approximately 1 am on 9th July. The Begumpet police referred her immediately to the Govt. Gandhi Hospital and a Medico-Legal Case was registered at the Gandhi Hospital around 1.45 am on 9th July.


As if this torture was not enough, the survivor also had to undergo further harrowing experience, when she, along with some other transgender activists were humiliated at the police station for demanding registration of an FIR, based on her written complaint. It was only after building up some pressure and multiple calls to senior police officials in the city that the police went to the ‘scene of the crime’.    However, this did not lead to immediate registration of an FIR, although the survivor and activists spent numerous hours at the police station yesterday. In fact, they were called ‘trespassers’ and even ‘thieves’ by the SI, Mr. G. Jagan. The police sought to coerce the survivor into changing her complaint, as though she had trespassed into army territory, which she flatly refused.


The defence wing of the GOI’s Press Information Bureau has issued a statement claiming that multiple transwomen had trespassed onto the Army parade ground and were “requested” by Army personnel to leave. They alleged that the  trans women were “aggressive, abusive and tried to assault the Army personnel” and that “no force was used by the Army personnel”. The intense bruising all over the body of the survivor as duly registered in the medico legal complaint beg the question of how she was so thoroughly injured by a request made with “no force”, and the military is repeating old tropes about transwomen with no evidence whatsoever in order to reinforce the transphobia that underlay the assault by their personnel in the first place.


It must also be noted that this is not the first instance of military men from this cantonment area assaulting transwomen after dragging them into the compound.  In 2015, a trans woman was similarly assaulted with branches torn from trees and among other wounds she had a hole torn into her cheek, such that her cheek was hanging open.  Then too, the police filed a benaami FIR and did not investigate the identity of the army perpetrator.  This constitutes a dangerous pattern of impunity.

While there is high talk of the NALSA Judgement and proposed legislations for the trans community, little seems to change on the ground and transgender people, continue to face various forms of discrimination, violence and denial of access to opportunities, resources and livelihood. WSS notes that instances of violence against transgender persons such as this are not sporadic, but part of a systemic oppression, which is directly linked to structural oppression by the State.


WSS and THITS condemn this brutal incident in no certain terms and demand the following immediately:


From the police:

  1. Registration of the survivor’s complaint as an FIR incorporating stringent sections against her physical and sexual assault; fair, speedy and unbiased investigation by the police and conviction of all the accused, as per law.

From the defence forces:

  1. Investigation, suspension and strong disciplinary action against all the accused army personnel as well as their area commandant by the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India.
  2. Sensitization of the army, police and the other state personnel and agencies on the issues, rights, laws and judicial orders with regard to transgender people.

From the state government :

  1. Complete medical treatment and legal support to the survivor at state expense and appropriate Compensation to the survivor for the enormous physical, psychological and psycho-social pain and trauma from which she must recover.
  2. A categorical written assurance by the DGP and Home Minister of Telangana that the State would take all measures to pre-empt such incidents henceforth and immediate action would be taken in case any violation of the rights of transgender persons comes to the notice of the police, at any level and in any area, throughout the State.
  3. Immediate consultations with the transgender community by the State of Telangana for the long overdue implementation of the Judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme court in NALSA vs. UoI (April, 2014).

From the central government :

  1. Explicitly include transgender people within the ambit of the victim/survivor in all laws on sexual assault.
  2. Promulgation of a comprehensive, inclusive and a viable policy on transgender people by the State of Telangana and the Government of India after democratic and nation-wide consultations with the transgender people of India.



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Campaign – Mere Ghar Aa Ke To Dekho – मेरे घर आ के तो देखो

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जिंदिगियों को जोड़ने की कोशिश

जुलाई 20-22, 2017

Come visit my home, be my guest


Visit My Home, Be My Guest   is a simple campaign directed to change the preconceived notions and opinions that we hold about people of other community, class, caste, religion, sexual orientation, language, region etc. It is easy to spread hatred in the absence of direct contact with each other. The objective is simple and direct, people must go to each other’s house eat and drink tea, just even water and break the socially constructed barriers.

We are well aware that this campaign cannot transform the society into a just and equal society . This is only an experiment, a small beginning and a hope that especially the new generation  will rise above the hatred and join hands for peace and love.

We call upon you to join this campaign.

Visit My Home, Be My Guest

Weaving Lives Together

July 20-22, 2017

  1. Meet at least one family who is not from your religion/ class/ caste/ economic background/ sexual orientation/ region/ linguistic background. Go to their home and invite them to your house.
  2. Try to understand their life and culture.
  3. Take a selfie together and tweet using hashtag #SelfieWithGuest (Not to be done before 9am July 20th)
  4. Upload on the following facebook page

  1. if a Facebook page has been created in your city/ town/ locality upload on that facebook page. facebook page’s name should be MereGharAaKeToDekho after that you can add your city/ town/ community etc.
  2. Please send photographs and videos of your interaction to any one of the following whatsapp numbers:

9911016957 / 9811137421 / 8373940162 / 9979704474 / 9555999150 / 7503227553 / 8826768793 / 9818809018

  1. Kindly start uploading on 20th July from 9am onwards. First 50 videos will be released to the media
  2. Special request to people’s organisations, groups, activists, schools, colleges, institutions facilitate visits, encourage young people  , coordinate and make a facebook page for your city/ town, community etc.

Media Partner : Crowdnewsing

For more information contact Coordinators  : Shabnam Hashmi – 9811807558, Abha Bhaiya – 8629863963, Leena – 9811137421, Ovais: 9911016957/ 011 41670722

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जिंदिगियों को जोड़ने की कोशिश

जुलाई 20-22, 2017

क्यों  तुमने  मान  लिया  के  मैं  या  वो   या  और  कोई  तुम्हारा  दुश्मन  है ? क्यों  तुमने  मान  लिया  के  वो   बुरा  है  क्यों  के  वो   मुसलमान  या  सिख  या  ईसाई   या  हिन्दू  है  ? क्यों  तुमने  मान  लिया  के  वो   ख़राब  है  क्यों  के   वो   तुम्हारी  भाषा  नहीं  बोलता   वो   हिंदी  या  मलयालम  या  तमिल  या  उड़िया या कोई और भाषा  बोलता  है ? क्यों  तुमने  मान  लिया  के   वो   चोर  है  क्योंकि  उसके  पास  खाने  को  नहीं  ? क्यों  तुमने  मान  लिया  के   वो   आतंकवादी  है  क्योंकि  उसके  दाढ़ी  टोपी  या  पगड़ी  है ? क्यों  तुमने  मान  लिया  के वो   नक्सली  है  क्योंकि   वो   अपने  जंगल  ज़मीन  को  छोड़ना  नहीं  चाहता ? क्यों  तुमने   मान  लिया  के   वो   बात  करने  लायक   नहीं  क्योंकि  उसको  क़ुदरत  ने  आदमी  या  औरत  नहीं  बनाया  ? क्यों  तुमने  मान  लिया  के   वो   बदचलन  है  क्यों  वह   पितृसत्तात्मक  ढांचे  में  ढलने  को  तैयार  नहीं  ? क्यों तुमने मान लिया के उसको साथ जीने का हक़ नहीं क्योंकि वो  समलैंगिग है ?


क्यों  तुम  भूल  गए  के  हम  सब  ही  तो  दशकों  से  साथ  साथ  रहते आये हैं   ? क्यों  तुम  भूल  गए  के इस देश का ताना बाना बुनने में हर एक  कौम , हर एक जाति , हर एक  भाषा बोलने वाले  का उतना ही हाथ है जितना तुम्हारा या मेरा  ?  क्यों  तुमने  सवाल  करना  छोड़  दिया ? तुम  क्यों  नहीं  पूछते  के  अवाम   के बीच यह नफ़रतें किसने और क्यों फैलायीं ? क्यों तुम नहीं पूछते के आम जनता के   खिलाफ  यह  साज़िशें  कौन रच रहा है?


क्या  तुम  नहीं  समझते  के  जो   नफरत , आतंक , जातिवाद , साम्प्रदायिकता का जाल  सारे  देश  में    फैलाया  गया  है  वो   इसलिए के कोई ये  न पूछे के बेरोज़गारी , महंगाई , असुरक्षा, ग़रीबी  क्यों है ? तुमने  क्यों   हर  आवाज़  उठाने  वाले  को  देशद्रोही  मान  लिया  ?


क्या  तुम  नहीं  चाहते  के  यह  सूरत   बदले ? क्या  तुम  नहीं  चाहते  के  हमारी  सभ्यता  का  ताना बाना मज़बूत  रहे  ? क्या  तुम  नहीं  मानते  के  नफरत  करने  से  बेहतर  है  मोहब्बत  करना  ?


उठो , मेरे  घर  आ  के  तो  देखो  …

मेरे घर आ  के तो  देखो  दूसरे लोगों / वर्गों / जातियों / धर्म / लिंग / भाषाई समुदायों के लोगों के बारे में पूर्वाग्रहों से लड़ने का एक सरल अभियान है । लोगों के साथ सीधे संपर्क की अनुपस्थिति में नफरत फैलाना बहुत आसान हो जाता है। अभियान का विचार सरल है लोग एक-दूसरे के घर जाएँ , साथ भोजन / चाय / पानी  करें,  इसका  अनुभव करें के दूसरे लोग कैसे रहते हैं.


हम यह दावा नहीं कर रहे हैं कि इससे एक समान समाज बन जाएगा और भेदभाव बंद हो जाएगा। यह एक छोटी सी पहल है, प्रयोग और एक-दूसरे के प्रति हमें अधिक मानवीय और संवेदनशील बनाने में एक छोटी सी शुरुआत है. हमें यक़ीन है के ख़ास कर नयी नौजवान पीढ़ी शांति और मोहब्बत के हक़ में अपनी आवाज़ बुलन्द करेगी .


हम आपको इस मोहिम में जुड़ने के लिए आमंत्रित करते हैं

जुलाई 20-22, 2017

  1. कम से कम एक नए परिवार से मिलें जो आपके धर्म / जाति/ भाषा / आर्थिक वर्ग /  लिंग / यौनिकता से अलग हो।  उनके घर जाएँ और उनको अपने घर बुलाएँ
  2. उनकी ज़िन्दगी , संस्कृति को जानने की कोशिश करें
  3. एक सेल्फी साथ लेकर उसे #SelfieWithGuest हैशटैग ट्वीट करें – जुलाई 20 को सुबह 9 बजे से , (उससे पहले बिलकुल न करें )
  4. नेशनल फेसबुक पेज पर अपलोड करें

  1. अगर आपके शहर / समूह ने कोई अपना फेसबुक पेज बनाया है तो उसपर अपलोड करें . फेसबुक पेज का नाम MereGharAaKeToDekho होना चाहिए उसके बाद आप अपने शहर , मोहल्ले, समूह का नाम जोड़ सकते हैं
  2. फोटो और वीडियो निम्नलिखित whatsapp नम्बरों में से केवल  किसी एक नम्बर पर ज़रूर  भेजें।

9911016957 / 9811137421 / 8373940162 / 9979704474 / 9555999150 / 7503227553 / 8826768793 / 9818809018

  1. 20 जुलाई को सुबह 9 बजे से फेसबुक पेज और whatsapp पर विडियो और फोटो भेजना शुरू करदें . पहली 50 विडियो आते ही मीडिया को रिलीज़ की जाएँगी
  2. संस्थाओं , कार्यकर्ताओं से ख़ास गुज़ारिश है के अपने अपने शहरों में ताल मेल करके शहर का एक एक फेसबुक पेज बना लें

मीडिया पार्टनर  : Crowdnewsing

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Female journalist sentenced for ‘obstructing’ Sudanese security officials #FOE

Female journalist sentenced for 'obstructing' Sudanese security officials


A Sudanese court has sentenced journalist and rights activist Amal Habani to a fine of 10,000 Sudanese Pound (US$1,499) or serve four months in jail on the charge of obstructing public officials.

She refused to pay the fine on Monday and chose to serve the jail term despite offers by other activists to pay for her release, her husband, Shawqi Abdel-Azim, told local media Sudan Tribune.

The complainant is a National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) agent who claimed to have been stopped from doing his work during the trial of a group of rights activists in Khartoum last year, Sudan Tribune reported.

Amal Habani had said earlier that she was arrested, manhandled and detained by the security agents who had no identification and had accused her of taking pictures of them during the trial.

A NISS officer slapped me on my face, and I was released after two hours of detention and they gave me back my mobile phone.

“A NISS officer slapped me on my face, and I was released after two hours of detention and they gave me back my mobile phone,” she was quoted by the website.

Journalists in Sudan have faced a lot of censorship in Sudan including arrests. In February last year, the NISS agents seized print runs of 14 newspapers without stating reasons for their actions.

On Monday, the NISS seized copies of two sports newspapers for publishing stories on the ongoing crisis of the Sudan Football Association (SFA) after decision by FIFA to suspend the sporting body.

On several occasions the media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders has denounced the attitude of the National Intelligence and Security Services.

NGOs have also called on Sudanese authorities to check these measures considered as a serious infringement on freedom of speech.

Sudan is 174 out of 180 in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index placing the country as one of the worst in terms of press freedom.

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BJP Asansol IT Incharge Tarun Sengupta arrested for spreading fake video

Alt News Impact:

Tarun Sengupta, Secretary BJP IT Cell, Asansol, WB, arrested today for spreading fake news and creating communal harmony

The logo inside the circled region in the screenshot above is that of Alt News. West Bengal police this morning announced the arrest of BJP Asansol IT Cell Secretary Tarun Sengupta who had posted a video on his Facebook timeline and had claimed that Muslim IPS officers were beating up a Hanuman Bhakt on Hanuman Jayanti this year. The video was in fact many years old and has been available on YouTube for the longest time. The arrest has been made on the basis of a Alt News story dated April 23, 2017. In our story, we had exposed Tarun Sengupta and Postcard News, both of whom had published the old video with similar fake stories.

Asansol BJP IT Cell In-charge Tarun Sengupta posted a fake pic

We had also captured Tarun Sengupta’s mischief on a Youtube video and can be seen below.

The aforesaid video however had nothing to do with Hanuman Jayanti which was celebrated on April 11 2017. This video has been available on Youtube for a very long time and following are some of the instances of this video on YouTube along with the dates on which it was uploaded to YouTube.

Posted on September 30, 2014 –
Posted on April 7, 2015 –
Posted on June 27, 2016 –

For spreading communal discord via fake videos, West Bengal Police has now arrested Tarun Sengupta.

Interestingly, when Alt News had first published this story, BJP MP from Asansol, Babul Supriyo, had called this story a fake story and had claimed that no such person called Tarun was the IT incharge in Asansol. He had also said that he will immediately enquire. We didn’t hear of any such enquiry, subsequent apology or retraction from Babul Supriyo. In fact, Tarun Sengupta, while sounding offended, had tweeted stating “Surprisingly U r so near, but unaware 2 me”, thus indicating that he was indeed associated with BJP IT Cell in Asansol.

Babul Supriyo denies Tarun Sengupta

While Tarun Sengupta has been arrested, the owners of Postcard News are still out there continuing to spread fake news on a regular basis. The article in which they had made the same false claim that Tarun Sengupta had made is still up on their website.

The owner of Postcard News resides in Karnataka but Congress ruled Karnataka has failed to take cognizance of this issue.

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