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Despite the odds, Taruna Aswani chose to stand up and fight her blackmailer by taking a stand & exposing him on Social Media.
Taruna Aswani chose to stand up and fight her blackmailer who threatened to reveal her private pictures. By taking a stand, she exposed him on social media and inspired many other women.
Digitalisation has revolutionised the world we live in today. It has fundamentally changed the way people access and provide information, communicate, socialise, study and work. Rapid digitalisation has also empowered women by allowing them access to information and knowledge beyond conventional means. It has also provided a platform for expression, which can inspire others, interact and campaign with a view to defending the rights and freedom of women.
However, the pitfalls of digitalisation cannot be ignored. Online harassment or ‘cyber bullying’ has acquired gigantic proportions and is growing at an alarming rate around the world. Behind the cloak of anonymity, these stalkers reveal the worst side of human nature. Women are especially vulnerable and face the worst of the harassment, including threats to reveal private pictures. Of course, such threats have their roots in the assumption that it is the victim who will be shamed, rather than the harasser.
This is what happened when Taruna Aswani’s cloud back-up was hacked by a man with a pseudonym, ‘Kevin John’, followed by a blackmail threat from the hacker. But instead of cowering down in front of his disgraceful demands, Taruna chose to fight back exposing the mails and his intentions in her Facebook post. Here’s her post:
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He said that he needed sometime to himself. I waited for him as any other woman would have done, and I gave him his space, I didn't want to be the clingy one.
Trigger Warning: This deals with mental trauma and depression, and may be triggering for survivors.
I am someone who believes in honesty and trust, I trust people easily and I think most of the times this habit of mine turns into bane.
This is a story of how a matrimonial website service turned into a nightmare for me, already traumatized by the two relationships I’ve had. It’s a story for every woman who lives her life on the principles of honesty and trust.
And when she enters the bedroom, she sees her husband's towel lying on the bed, his underwear thrown about in their bathroom. She rolls her eyes, sighs and picks it up to put in the laundry bag.
Vasudha, age 28 – is an excellent dancer, writer, podcaster and a mandala artist. She is talented young woman, a go getter and wouldn’t bat an eyelid if she had to try anything new. She would go head on with it. Everyone knew Vasudha as this cheerful and pretty young lady.
Except when marriage changed everything she knew. Since she was always outdoors, whether for office or for travelling for her dance shows, Vasudha didn’t know how to cook well.
Going by her in-laws definition of cooking – she had to know how to cook any dishes they mentioned. Till then Vasudha didn’t know that learning to cook was similar to getting an educational qualification. As soon as she entered the household after her engagement, nobody was interested what she excelled at, everybody wanted to know – what dishes she knew how to cook.