New Delhi, July 8: Seeking to extend protection of women on social networking websites, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) will constitute a special cell that will monitor content online and act on complaints recieved by women. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Friday announced that the cell will take cognisance of complaints received from women who have been abused or subjected to obscene/objectionable comments.Also Read - Amazon Introduces Alexa-based Programme For Hospitals, Senior Care | Deets Inside
“We get a lot of complaints from women who face harassment on social media, so we have constituted a cell.” she said, speaking to ANI on Friday. “If it’s reported to us that a woman is abused, harassed or stalked then we will surely take cognizance of it.” When asked if her Ministry will start policing the internet to get to every ‘troller’, she said: “No, we will not be policing the internet. We’ll examine the complaints we get.” Also Read - Clubhouse to Roll New Feature on Oct 27 that Let People Share Outside Links, and Monetise Their Work
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The Union Minister met with Twitter and Facebook officials in addition to police authorities to discuss the issue and find ways to curb trolling of women. “Now, I believe…it’s not sensitisation…And it’s not even stalking or trolling of women. It’s just using the most ferociously terrible threats,” she said, speaking to India Today.
Gandhi also said that she and her Ministry will determine the seriousness of abuse on a case to case basis. “If there is a serious problem… then yes, we will deal with it,” she added.
This announcement comes days after Gandhi asked women to inform her in case they are abused and/or trolled on social media. “Are you a woman who is trolled or abused? Inform me at firstname.lastname@example.org,” she tweeted on Tuesday.
This issue came to light after Bollywood singer, Sona Mohapatra was threatened in addition to being trolled when she spoke up against Salman Khan’s rape comment. “There is too much filth online. I have asked the NCW (National Commission for Women) to put a person in charge of tracking such trolls.” Gandhi told The Indian Express.