Moral Police or Pervert? The Anatomy of an Online Troll

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Moral Police or Pervert? The Anatomy of an Online Troll

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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nternet trolls are like cockroaches – no matter how many you whack with your chappal, there’ll be some who will find a way to come crawling back. Blocking trolls works exactly like that, you can never get rid of them all.

TV actress Kavita Kaushik learnt this the hard way after she posted a photo of herself performing yoga asanas in a bikini, accompanied with a caption to shut down the trolls who had criticised her body earlier in the year. Back then it was a flab that upset people, but now her bikini bod has invited the wrath of the moral police, who believe social media operates under the same laws as Saudi Arabia, and women in revealing outfits are to be treated like criminals.

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