Just a week ago, a popular satirical Facebook page Humans of Hindutva (HOH) admin deleted the page after he claimed to have received death threats.
In a short farewell message, the page admin said that he had “no desire to end up like Gauri Lankesh or Afrazul Khan.” He also ‘congratulated’ Hindutva for “winning this David vs. Goliath fight.”
The phenomenon of targeting the families of political opponents by right wing Hindu trolls on the internet is not new.
When SnapChat CEO made comments that upset many in India, he was trolled, but there was one more person other than the SnapChat CEO, who was caught up in the turmoil and that was his fiancée Miranda Kerr.
Indians first turned towards Google and searched this
Spiegel isn’t married yet, but people definitely were more interested who his wife is. And once they found out that he is engaged, people started targeting her on Instagram
SnapDeal too had to face the brunt after trolls got confused between SnapDeal and SnapChat and started down rating the SnapDeal app.
If you turn towards the search pattern of Indians on Google, it’s disturbing. We tried finding out what Indians search about Indian male and female youth leaders on Google and this what we found.
The top search about Kanhaiya Kumar is not about what he does, but about his caste. We went further and modified the search and then, it went even more specific.
Jignish Mevani, a dalit leader, who recently won elections in Gujarat has been in the news. Here are the top searches for him.
Umar Khalid who the news channels targeted and accused, without any proof, of going to Pakistan and meeting terrorist groups after the JNU controversy, has a relatively safer top search. But a little down, and you see people searching for his sister, and girlfriend.
See the pattern?
Shehla Rashid’s top search should not surprise you.
This one surprised us. A lot of people are also searching for Amit Malviya’s wife. Chickens. Home. Roost.
One of the top searches about Modi? Modi Vs Burhan Game.