New Delhi, July 2: Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi on Monday filed a complaint with the Mumbai Police after she received a rape threat directed at her 10-year-old daughter on micro-blogging site Twitter. On Sunday, July 1, Priyanka Chaturvedi alleged that a Twitter user, @GirishK1605, threatened to rape her minor daughter.Also Read - Chhattisgarh Local Congress Leaders and Workers Enter Into Ugly Brawl, Ex-Dist President Pushed | Watch
The rape threat was condemned by many Twitter users including political leaders. Referring to the post, Chaturvedi had said, “Despite having an image of Lord Ram as a profile picture, the user @GirishK1605 had not hesitated to use such foul language.” In her tweet, she had also tagged the Mumbai Police and said that she hoped the police will take action. Also Read - Koo Touches 15 Million User Base, Plans To Venture Into New Market in Southeast Asia
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In the series of tweets, she said that the online harassment started after a quote on Facebook allegedly portrayed her as supporting the accused in the Mandsaur gangrape case of an eight-year-old. “The quote on Facebook showed that I was supporting the accused. This went viral on various social media platforms,” NDTV quoted her as saying.
Recently, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was also trolled and abused on Twitter over the controversy involving the issuance of passport to the interfaith couple. A section of social media had attacked Swaraj and the ministry for taking action against Mishra, claiming that he was just doing his duty. The minister had taken it on the chin and retweeted some of the tweets that were even abusive and communal in nature.
On Sunday, her husband and former Governor of Mizoram, Swaraj Kaushal, had posted a deeply emotional response to the trolls.
She had also conducted a poll on Twitter asking users whether they “approve such trolling to which 57 per cent respondents said they oppose it.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Home Minister Rajnath Singh had come out in support of Swaraj. Mamata wrote on Twitter: “Strongly condemn the language used on the social media against @sushmaswaraj Ji . She is a senior politician. We must respect each other and must never indulge in any form of verbal abuse.”
Earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that this is absolutely wrong. According to media reports, Singh had called Swaraj soon after she first tweeted last week about the abuse and expressed sympathy.