A neighbour recently challenged my opinion about women’s rights stating that women already have their rights and men are being ignored in the process. Here is a situation that will prove that inequality does, indeed, exist, and all the more online. Men hiding behind their computer screens now use the anonymity provided by the internet only to attack those they consider weak – the women, the minorities, the peace-lovers.
A citizen who could no longer bear the violence in our country in the name of ‘Hindutva’ (extremist Hinduism) began a SATIRE Page called ‘Humans of Hindutva’ 6 months ago. He shares his experience on TheWire.in (https://thewire.in/192100/humans-of-hindutva-facebook/) and challenges the unfair practices in current governance by using SATIRE. However, he soon began to receive death threats and ugly messages directed towards his family. This is what he shared with news agencies: (Original Satire Page, Reason for Deletion)
Unable to handle the effectiveness of his Page and the lakhs of citizens who follow him, many Bhakts/Trolls started ‘RealHoH’ and ‘OriginalHoH’ Pages. Not knowing that the original HoH Page was deleted, I clicked on one of these fake Pages, and was confused by the new Profile Image. However, it wasn’t too hard to figure out it was Fake!
I found out that many others had also made the same startling discovery and voiced it out. You can see that many of the posts were from October and November, but none have received a comment from the Admin.
When I realised this Page was fake, I gave a one-star rating without any comment. Immediately, the Admin began to spew venom on me. Of course, only because I’m a woman….the male reviewers never had to hear a thing! Take a look:
He could have stopped at that, but he thought women are soft targets and he wanted to show his fake masculinity…so he continued.
I had a relatively mild response in return… but again, a fool (like that Admin) will always find wisdom insulting. The Admin continued his rant, getting more toxic and communal on the way…
I wasn’t shaken. He tried to rattle me… and I wasn’t getting rattled by a fool. Maybe he has never met strong women before. When fools don’t have a debatable argument, they use swear words to sound powerful. Well, their dictionary is so limited, as is their intellect, so how can we blame them?
Supportive friends joined in reporting the Page as hateful and using indecent language. However, the Admin didn’t bother replying to any of the males…except to Suren, whom he noticed had replied to my FB post about this harassment and was friends with me. Still, he continued making more posts using my name and using unacceptable language towards me. Remember, I had only given him a poor review and received all these hateful messages. Other men who reviewed him poorly didn’t get as much attention.
Suren also helped clarify some things about ‘Sanatana Dharma’ to him.
But the Admin was only bent on harassing women…
Some people wonder why I spent any energy on these trolls at all. In an age where these trolls are becoming a majority, it is necessary for us to speak up, and keep their idiocy in check. It was clear that this Admin/troll had no idea what he was talking about, and tried covering it up with his hateful words. But slowly uncovering his falsehoods and lies helped not only to make him realise that we know he is a fool, but also to educate others who may fall for his lies.
Interestingly, after the Page’s review dropped thanks to the response of friends and other peace-loving Facebookers, it started increasing again. The 5-star ratings were mostly from fake profile, one of which has successful action taken against it.
The Admin’s idea of Sanatana Dharma (the Hindu way of life) were grossly misplaced, as it originally teaches peace. Since this Admin didn’t know what he was talking about, Suren pointed it out to him…and as a result, the Admin CHANGED THE ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY trying to justify it as ‘kalyug’ (age of downfall/ Apocalypse)!
Hinduism is a peaceful way of life. It is these extremists or partially educated persons who make a mess of it.
On the other hand, we need to stop keeping silent when such incidents happen. Our silence is what encourages these trolls to harass others.
I want to call out to all you people out there, DO NOT STAY SILENT. Be calm, be brave, and direct a conversation without getting flustered. If things get out of hand, get help from a friend. Indeed this are times of ‘kalyug’, but let it not be the innocent who are destroyed in it.
Edit: By the way, the Sexist Troll Admin had nothing else to go on to, so he decided to make fun of the names of those who gave him a low review, with this post:
Please report the Fake Humans of Hindutva Page using this link: https://www.facebook.com/RealHumansOfHindutva/
Also, Facebook has suggested that while reporting a Page, it is difficult for them to find offending posts. They have requested that we report specific posts/images on the Page that display hateful or sexually explicit language. Ensure you click on options such as ‘Send this to Facebook for Review’. Other options such as blocking will only ensure you don’t see the posts, but does nothing to the offending Page itself.
People do have a right to their opinion, but at not to disrespect others.
Proverbs 18:2-3 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt.
Proverbs 18:6-7 Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.