Flix Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 05:30
In the past few months, Twitter has been rife with accounts that claim to operate from within the high walls of Lutyens Delhi. But following a media professional’s complaint, the stream of  gossip and “news” nuggets may be drying up.   Journalist Swati Chaturvedi has filed an FIR against the Twitter account @LutyensInsider for making “sexist” comments. The account had more than 40,000 followers on the social media platform. The journalist says she had put up with enough and writes in The Quint that “When the abuse started, I actually laughed, surprised at the fact that any sane person would believe this garbage.” LutyensInsider also has neighbourhood pals which go by LutyensSpice, LutyensMasala and LutyensGossip. Their tribe is also increasing considering theRealLutyens and other handles have also cropped up, but following the media professional’s complaint, the stream of canards and chinwag may be petering out. Since Swati’s complaint, @LutyensInsider now goes by @gzackim and has deleted all of his/her previous tweets. The only bit of evidence that remains is the 40.8k followers. Following the FIR, the @LutyensMasala Twitter account has also deleted previous posts, at least in the last six months. The anonymous accounts seemingly had a stockpile of rumours and chatter at hand.  If any news story of the day had an unexplored angle, one of the Lutyens Twitter accounts’ would provide an outlandish backstory to it. And it didn’t stop at that. Names were taken; claims were made, not all with proof to back them. A lot of slander was doled out, and every one of the accounts seemed to have a political slant to their constant commentary.   In her statement to the police, Swati Chaturvedi says that “After the repeal of Section-66 A, an anonymous Twitter handle — @LutyensInsider has been posting defamatory and sexually explicit tweets about me and [Congress Vice-President] Rahul Gandhi.” Since the FIR, a number of journalists have been tweeting about how they “ignore trolls” when they try to get under one’s skin. “It matters to me. I am not very thick-skinned and my reputation is my most precious asset,” writes Chaturvedi in her piece.

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