Playback singer Chinmayi Sripaada has started an online petition after she was trolled and threatened with rape, simply for expressing her views.
“You need to be raped …”
“I’ll throw acid on your face”
“I’ll make sure you never sing again”
These are only some of the threats Chinmayi, an Indian playback singer, a voice actor, and television presenter got on Twitter.
In her petition ‘#RapeThreatsNotOK’ on Change.org Chinmayi shared her experience on Twitter after speaking her mind. When she reported the threatening tweets to Twitter, the company refused to take action till there was a police case. “Most women give up at this stage and quit Twitter. I decided to fight and filed a police complaint. Ultimately it was my fans that helped us identify my abusers. 3 people were arrested and spent 10 days in jail”, she writes.
Addressed to the CEO Jack Dorsey, the petition seeks ‘large scale shutdown of accounts which tweet rape threats against women’. Nearly 40,000 people have signed the petition.
People on Twitter supported her campaign
Internet is fast turning into an unsafe place for women to navigate. Many women are at the receiving end of racist, sexist attacks on social media platforms. With no policing, they are often soft targets of trolls.