Character is revealed, not built in a crisis, like latent misogyny which manifests itself at the first challenge.

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The News Minute Editorial | July 29, 2014| 7.00 pm IST You can be anonymous, stitch a new virginity, take the high moral ground or act like a gutter rat. Everything is possible in this marketplace called Facebook and Twitter where, in most cases, people with the strongest of opinions hide their face, so they can mar and tar others from their area of darkness. The News Minute (TNM) reported an incident where fans of Malayalam actor Asif Ali had assaulted a girl for posting a message criticizing the actor’s latest movie. The assault on this woman was not just in public, but on her Facebook page too. On her FB page was a man – let’s call C for coward – says women like her should be raped instead of three year-old school children. This was Mr Coward's comment on the woman's FB wall, and when we took this screenshot, there were already 69 likes. The comment has been removed now. From Mr Cowards's Facebook profile we found that just last week was attending an anti-rape protest in Bangalore, all virgin and outraged. You learn every day, this time how technology is used to push misogyny. Character is revealed, not built in a crisis, like latent misogyny which manifests itself at the first challenge. Attitudes towards women and children, men and women are taught light years before someone gets on to the internet to abuse a woman and propose her as a candidate for rape. Mr. C also posted pictures of himself at the anti-rape event. It says something about us, this internet identity and the easy access to abuse it encourages. In a country where there is no sex education, where modernity and culture is associated with fast food, clothes and travel, where women are regarded as prostitutes or goddesses, it will get worse before it gets better unless we take immediate action. For that to happen, we will have to stand up as a nation, men and women, think of ourselves as a nation, take pride in what we have and work towards what we don’t.  And let us also understand that those who stand with us as we outrage against heinous crimes or corruption, may just be perpetrators themselves.
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