Even as there is an increased dialogue on creating safe spaces for women, the recent hounding of Agrima Joshua has highlighted that the ground reality is shamefully different. The stand-up comedian was subjected to rape threats and brutal online hate, after a year-old video resurfaced where she is seen joking about the Maharashtra government’s project of building Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s statue in the Arabian sea. In her bid to fight the harassment and threats against women on social media, actor Sayani Gupta has joined forces with We are Yuvaa to launch the campaign, India against Abuse.
“This incident was one of the triggers to launch the campaign. There has been a massive increase in targeted hate and abuse on social media, especially during the lockdown. Since the campaign started, several people, including men, have come out and shared their experience of being harassed online. Everyone we reached out to came on board because they felt strongly about this issue,” says Gupta.