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The News Minute | February 27, 2015 | 05:21 pm IST  When some one morphed a photograph of Malayalam actor Rachana Narayanankutty to that of a nude woman, and circulated it on social media platforms, she decided not to take it lying down.  In a post published on a social networking site, Rachana wrote,  "This is what I experienced in the last few days. Some of my friends sent me a photo over WhatsApp. It was an obscene picture- one half of it was me, while the other half of it was of a women who resembled me. I was not shocked at it. Some texted me asking me to be careful. Why should I be careful, whom should I be careful of?  Should I be careful about the crooked mentality of the creator of this picture? Why should I be bothered about the sexual frustration of that person? I would like to ask that person that "What did I do to you or to your family"? I am ashamed of your fickle culture.  People who don't respect the women at their homes, how can they respect other women? Those who know men will understand me. The others can continue to try to annoy me" (translated version)." Social media today has made it possible for the easy dissemination of information- information that can be general, good, bad, or even ugly. Though morphing stills or videos per se is not a new concept, they can now be circulated faster and to audiences far and wide much easily. And once something makes it to the internet, it is said it remains there for ever.  Incidents of misuse of pictures or bullying someone online have become very common today. And with women on the receiving end, trolls seem to get an extra kick. However, several women are speaking out, refusing to be intimidated by online freaks.   Earlier this month actor Malayalam Radhika Apte, who recently starred in the Hindi film Badlapur, found herself amidst a controversy when her alleged naked selfies went viral. Radhika hit back saying,  You guys! If you're going to get someone to pass off as naked me, she needs to look a lot more like me. 1/2 — Radhika Apte (@radhika_apte) February 4, 2015 In the meantime here is a little test for you. #Checkyoureyesight http://106.186.25.143/kuku-kube/en-3/ — Radhika Apte (@radhika_apte) February 4, 2015 Or take the example of Arundhati B Nalukettil, a social activist and a Hyderabad University student, who recently decided to teach a lesson to those harassing her on Facebook. Arundhati for quite some time had been receiving lewd messages from men on the social networking site.  One of the messages to her read, "Arundhati, please add me. You look so sexy. Can u give me your phone number? Would you like to have sex with me? (translated version)". And then one fine day, Arundhati had it enough. She took screenshots of the messages with the photographs of the men clearly visible, and posted them online for the world to see. She later wrote a post explaining she was frustrated by the messages and so took the measure she thought was best. She also said that some of the men got back to her saying they had a family and urged her to forgive them.  Read: Tired of lewd, offensive messages on Facebook, activist takes screenshots and posts them While some use the no-nonsense approach to deal with their harassers, some resort to sarcasm to put across their message.  Towards the end of 2014, several bikini-clad photographs of Malayalam film actress Aparna Nair were being circulated on several social media platforms, including WhatsApp. The pictures went viral and it was later found out that they had been morphed.  The actor then came up with a perfect response to those judging her and making unpleasant statements about her based on the morphed pictures. Aparna posted a photograph of herself with a caption, “"Folks here is my one and only bikini picture till date. Fortunately and Unfortunately....." she wrote.  The photograph was from when Aparna was a toddler. Read: Actor Aparna Nair releases her 'one and only bikini picture till date' Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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