The data reveals that 74% of the complaints received were from women, 19% from men and 5% by gender non-binary individuals. A majority of the cases that the Digital Rights Foundation’s cyber-harassment helpline received digitally during lock-down (months of April & May) pertained to blackmailing through non-consensual sharing of information, intimate images and videos.
Unfortunately, “the more we dug, the worse it got,” said Fatima. She initially believed the abuse was limited to animals but as she explored Sed’s profile, the profiles of his ‘friends’ and read comments on her posts; she realized that this isn’t just a, “Random boy acting out. It is, in fact, a group of people, deriving pleasure from all these acts. Which aren’t limited to animals. They extend to women, children, and feminists,” she said.