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‘ — can undermine one’s confidence.But Shrabonti has never regretted anything she wrote ‘It’s a global problem’ “Victim-blaming” is real and vocal women have many critics But what about when a woman isn’t expressing an opinion and is still harassed online Take the case of Rumana Nazarali 28 a blogger in Bengaluru who was nearly forced out of her own business She was out at dinner one night when she got a call from a friend “Change your passwords” he said “They’re stalking you” Rumana’s friend a tech blogger received a phone to review When he switched it on it connected to Wi-Fi and a full conversation between two other fellow bloggers popped up about Rumana’s email and social media accounts with login details including private chat transcripts They had presumably forgotten to clear the exchange before parting with the phone Rumana says these bloggers were jealous of how well she had been doing recently and were trying to sabotage her Her friend took screenshots of the exchange and Rumana filed an FIR but the case was closed stating lack of proof “Emotionally I was affected most” says Rumana “I was scared Till date I haven’t made new friends in the blogging industry” Like domestic abuse which research has shown can affect anyone regardless of educational and economic background age gender ethnicity and other factors online abuse can also affect anyone Vocal women especially from marginalised backgrounds like the LGBT or Muslim community for example get far more abuse says Anja Kovacs Director Internet Democracy Project “It’s a global problem” Sabbah Haji 36 a Muslim woman who wears the headscarf and runs the not-for-profit Haji Public School in a mountain village outside Jammu often gets negative comments about Islam online which she says stem from ignorance She refuses to keep quiet about it or about anything unkind said of her students She also hits back when unknown men make personal remarks about her or women in her family which often happens on Instagram Her solution is to publicly “name and shame” “Snark is what I do If it’s badly written it’s amusement” she says Sabbah explains: “In Kashmir people have got online fairly recently So many boys and young men behave in a juvenile way” They act with a sense of entitlement and believe they can behave however they like on the internet Harassment isn’t limited to the world wide web – what begins online can quickly escalate offline Sabbah recalls an incident in 2011 when a man started sending her direct emails in response to every tweet she posted She marked the mails as spam but while visiting her sister in Ohio she found the emails in her inbox The man’s social profile said he was a PhD student at an American university Sabbah called the local police who gave the man a warning and closed the case The man claimed his email and social media account had been hacked Sabbah also points to politics-related trolls calling them way more harmful Divya Spandana a former actress also known by her screen name Ramya and now chairperson of the social media department for the Indian National Congress is familiar with this kind of abuse Social media gives everyone the chance to voice themselves regardless of factors like caste or religion she explains observing that when women get trolled their first response may be to go offline But “that’s not the answer” she says because the agenda of the trolls is to keep women out of the conversation So what can you do How do you fight back First off having an online community of supporters is important in coping with such kind of abuse says Anja For Sheena it is better to play cool and ignore the comments “You don’t have to RSVP to every argument” she adds (Ayesha Aleem is a Bengaluru-based freelance writer and a member of 101Reporterscom a pan-India network of grassroots reporters) Basavaraj Horatti is a busy man Sitting in his office in Hubli in north Karnataka the president of the Jagathika Lingayat Mahasabha peruses the member application form of the Mahasabha More than 70000 Lingayats have enrolled as members contributing Rs 14 lakh to the association’s kitty The Mahasabha was formed six months ago the result of a demand to have Lingayats declared as a separate religion It now exults that it has tasted success "A lot of people think Siddaramaiah’s decision to give separate religion status (to Lingayats) was only political We do not look at it this way We have been making this demand on behalf of the community for several years now" says Horatti Horatti incidentally also wears another hat that of the Leader of the JD(S) in the Karnataka legislative council But given his party’s image as a Vokkaliga-dominated outfit from the old Mysuru region it’s unlikely that Horatti spearheading the Lingayat cause will bring about any electoral benefits to the JD(S) in the Mumbai-Karnataka region File image of BS Yeddyurappa and Narendra Modi This part of Karnataka is Lingayat territory and a majority of the 50 seats spread over six districts will see a Congress versus BJP electoral fight The Lingayats have traditionally backed the BJP thanks mainly to community strongman BS Yeddyurappa at the helm of affairs In 2008 the Mumbai-Karnataka region helped the BJP by giving it 34 seats However following Yeddyurappa’s exit from the BJP to form his Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) the BJP’s tally came down to 13 seats in 2013 KJP winning from two constituencies "Yeddyurappa did not open his mouth during the Lingayat struggle He was always backing the Veerashaivas 80 percent of the community are Lingayats and 20 percent are Veerashaivas So Lingayats are angry with the BJP and this will prove to be a setback for the party" says Horatti When senior Lingayat leader Veerendra Patil of the Congress was unceremoniously sacked as chief minister in 1990 by then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi the community practically deserted the party They swore their allegiance first to the Janata Dal under Ramakrishna Hegde and then the BJP under Yeddyurappa "It is not as if Lingayats are now gung-ho about the Congress There is still a lot of aversion to the party But the community is equally angry about the BJP’s silence when Lingayats and Veerashaivas were engaged in street fights" says Vikas Soppin a farmer in Navalgund In 2013 roughly 10 percent of the Lingayat vote moved from the BJP to KJP which was seen as proof that the community vote was not loyal only to the Lotus Dharwad-based political analyst Harish Ramaswamy sees a shift this time as well "I expect about 8-10 percent of the Lingayat vote to the Congress because of its decision to accord separate religion status" says Ramaswamy But on the ground apart from the Lingayat card one gets the impression that Yeddyurappa — for a different reason — will still hold the key to which way the vote goes Hardcore Yeddyurappa supporters belonging to the Lingayat-Veerashaiva community are looking at the developments within the BJP with anxiety Their apprehension stems from the manner in which Yeddyurappa was not allowed to field his son BY Vijayendra from Varuna constituency Though Narendra Modi attributed it to the BJP’s opposition to dynasty politics Yeddyurappa backers question how two Reddy brothers and B Sriramulu and his nephew Suresh Babu were given tickets Conspiracy theories fanned by Congress leaders on social media that Yeddyurappa may not make it as chief minister even if the BJP comes to power has meant the Lingayat voter is still mulling his options In this part of Karnataka the grapevine is abuzz with the possibility of HD Kumaraswamy heading a BJP-JDS coalition government with B Sriramulu as his deputy The theory is that the possibility of this happening increases should the BJP not do too well in Lingayat-dominated constituencies "The diminishing of Yeddyurappa’s stature is visible to all" says GB Patil general secretary of the Lingayat Mahasabha "The fact that Modi is not even sharing the dais with him at all public meetings is not seen as a good sign by the Lingayat community It is hurting everyone" Modi’s praise of HD Deve Gowda during his public meeting in Udupi too has not gone unnoticed While the rest of India sees it as a case of a former prime minister being praised in caste-obsessed Karnataka the Lingayats see this as the tallest leader of the BJP making overtures to a Vokkaliga leader The two communities are the most influential politically speaking in Karnataka competing with each other to wield power Add to this the absence of a single Lingayat minister in the Union Cabinet despite Karnataka sending nine Lingayat MPs of the BJP to the Lok Sabha After the lone Lingayat minister GM Siddeshwara was dropped in 2016 Yeddyurappa had lobbied for another Lingayat MP to be inducted in his place but did not succeed The community understandably feels left out of the power matrix in New Delhi In Jamkhandi in Bijapur district a group of sugarcane farmers say they are hardcore supporters of Yeddyurappa "We vote for the BJP because Yeddyurappa from our community is leading the party That alone determines our decision to stick by the BJP We will not like it if Yeddyurappa is not in the forefront of the party" says Neelkanth a farmer For the record the BJP insists Yeddyurappa is its chief ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa himself has tried to allay any misgivings among his followers by claiming he will take oath as the chief minister on 18 May in Narendra Modi’s presence This self-confidence the BJP and Yeddyurappa hope will be enough to ensure the 14 percent Lingayat vote does not betray them in the privacy of the polling booth on 12 May especially looking forward to getting back to what I like to call `the continent where I left my heart’ as quickly as possible. 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