"Toh kaise h aap log", everyone is now acquainted with the introductory statement of Ajay Nagar aka Carry Minati. He needs no introduction. Wonder, why we are talking about him in an article, headlined CYBERBULLYING?
Most of the people came to know the word 'Cyberbullying' recently when his video "YouTube vs Tiktok: THE END" was removed from YouTube as per the cyberbullying policies of YouTube because of “prolonged malicious insults”.
After the taking down of the video #JusticeForCarry was trending on Twitter as his fans came for his support claiming his roast videos are not "cyberbullying".
So, what is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. It includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
This link will help you understand better what Cyberbullying actually means.
For the facts-
● India has recorded the highest rate of children falling victim to cyberbullying in 2018 so far. Over 37% of Indian parents have admitted that their children have been victims of cyberbullying at least once, which is 5% more than 2016, and of course
● Girls are more preferred victims of cyberbullying as compared to boys, last but not the least
Yes! The last fact sure is awakening as we are now more than ever talking about suicides due to mental harassment or depression and we should.
But today let's just focus on cyberbullying as it is 'no less'.
Where do they take place?
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
● Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok
● Text messaging and messaging apps on mobile or tablet devices
● Instant messaging, direct messaging, and online chatting over the internet
● Online forums, chat rooms, and message boards, such as Reddit
● Online gaming communities
And as netizens, we need to know some important " anti-cyber bullying laws" and our rights against the 'virtual bullying'.
There is no specific legislation that caters to cyberbullying issues in India. None of the Indian legislations even defines cyberbullying.
● Only some provisions such as Section 67 of the Information Technology Act deal with cyberbullying. Section 67 of the act prescribes punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form for a term which may extend to five years and also with fine which may extend to ten lakh rupees.
● Section 66 E of IT Act - The section prescribes punishment for violation of privacy. The section states that any person who intentionally violates the privacy by transmitting, capturing, or publishing private pictures of others shall be punished with up to three years imprisonment or fine up to three lakhs.
● Some other provisions that indirectly cater to cyberbullying include Section 507 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which states that if anyone receives criminal intimidation by way of anonymous communication then the person giving threats shall be punished with imprisonment for up to two years. By virtue of the word “anonymous” the offense of cyberbullying is included in this section.
Laws can be changed by the minute and they are evolutionary also. As far as Indian cyber laws are concerned, they are far from the realities of the 21st century. People pay less attention to cyberbullying because it seems more like fun than being a crime. There is a lot of comforts when commenting under the shroud of anonymity. But if you go deep down this 'fun' thing, you will get to know that it itself is a 'pandemic'. And for us, who stands 3rd in the globe in terms of this 'fun' thing and do not even have a single law defining cyberbullying, is a huge concern! Since India doesn’t even have a proper definition, hence a lot of cases do not even get filed. The current government has taken a lot of pride in removing redundant laws, now it needs to work towards developing one.
Till then we should put our efforts into making a bully-free society in this reality as well as in the virtual world. We should not promote cyberbullying in the name of memes as there are a lot of victims out there who question the very reason they joined the platform.
We should create awareness and help them to break their silence on this 'pandemic'.