Indian Social Media in a Nutshell: Endless Sympathy for Kangana, Vicious Trolling for Poonam Pandey

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Indian Social Media in a Nutshell: Endless Sympathy for Kangana, Vicious Trolling for Poonam Pandey

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

Over the past few months, both the Indian media and social media platforms have become breeding grounds for peak misogyny and sexism. While the witch hunt against Rhea Chakraborty continues endlessly, today trolls latched onto Poonam Pandey.

Pandey, who was shooting for a film in South Goa, filed an FIR against her husband Sam Bombay claiming that he had molested, threatened, and assaulted her. The couple, who have been married only for 13 days, had tied the knot in a quiet ceremony earlier this month on September 1.

While the police have confirmed that Pandey went through with the mandatory medical tests at the time of filing the FIR, the incident has led to an uncalled-for, below-the-belt stream of commentary from internet users. Many have stated that Pandey was faking the FIR to extort money out of her Bollywood director and producer husband, reducing her ordeal to “easy earning scheme”.

Others have gone ahead and taken a dig at the profession of the actor-model, known for her bold photoshoots. “Everyone knows what she does on & off the screen. Nobody can molest her,” one user said in a tone-deaf tweet.

This also led to users passing crass comments at the model.

Although marital rape is yet to be recognised as a criminal offence in India, the mindset of the people, as visible in Pandey’s case, highlights how the plight of a woman can be reduced to dirt.

India is no stranger to domestic violence or insensitivity towards victims of sexual assault.

Even so, a few users have come out in support of the actress, and have reprimanded those who made tasteless jokes out of her situation and claimed that she “deserved” it.

It’s about time the people of the country got an education.

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