online bullying
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The number cases of cyber crime and online bullying have been increased with the easy availability of social media platforms. Last week, an Indian national who was working in Dubai lost his job and had been deported from UAE when he sent explicit messages and threatening texts to Rana Ayyub, journalist, on Facebook.

Similarly, Ayyub received severely hateful messages by someone else after releasing her book ‘Gujarat files- anatomy of a cover-up’; the book was based on the Gujarat riots in 2002.

Very recently, Abhay Deol was trolled on Twitter for his comments on Endorsing Fairness Creams. In the past, famous celebrities like Kapil Sharma, Arvind Kejriwal, etc., were involved in a spat on Twitter.

There are hundreds of news to mention about threatening of death, rape and acid attack to women and minors online. Journalist Swati Chaturvedi, Swetha Singh, Sagarika Ghose and Barkha Dutt have faced the problem of vicious abuse on the Internet. These examples tell us about the increasing cyber crime due to easy access to social media platforms. Minors, especially girls are known as a soft target for cyber criminals. They are the biggest victim of mental harassment.

According to Rakshit Tondon, a consultant to Internet states that he receives about 30 complaints every month of online bullying and abuse. He delivers lectures and organize a workshop on social media etiquettes and handling social media conversations in a good manner. He states the meaning of cyber bullying is not so much different from the physical bullying because it also deals with threatening someone for doing or not doing something. Further, he adds that simple access to social media and anonymity makes it easier for bullies to tease people online. It takes nothing from them to make a fake ID with anyone’s name and defaming them because signing up in reputed social media platforms is the way simpler and free.