Revenge porn: Her ex-husband posted her nude, intimate videos online. She almost committed suicide!

Posted on by Sakshi Behl
 
  

She was in love and she married a Delhi based guy, but the marriage failed to take off. They couldn’t handle the storms of a married life and succumbed to its various pressures. The divorce was traumatic, and it broke her down completely. I was pained to see that her husband, who claimed to love my sister without any reservations initially, had become vengeful and was out to tarnish my sister’s image.

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He used sexually explicit clips, showing intimate bedroom moments, and posted them online. Our brother noticed the images first and it was hell from there on. She even started receiving threatening calls, warning her that there were more to come. Private moments spent with her husband in the privacy of their bedroom had suddenly become a public spectacle. News soon spread and antisocial elements began making it viral.

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The whole world had come crashing down for us. Not just my sister, the entire family had become the subject of shame and embarrassment. We couldn’t handle it.

We could neither sleep nor eat. There was anguish and hopelessness, pain and shame. My sister had turned into a zombie, not knowing what was happening, crying all night long with her head buried in her pillow in shame and regret. She even contemplated suicide and only timely intervention saved her.

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Gathering all the guts, we went to the police station to file an FIR. We didn’t care anymore what the society thought. It was about justice and we went looking for it.

Days, months and years passed by, but only five out of the 27 videos were put down from porn sites. This is just one case. There are hundreds of women across India who are pushed into the abyss of such turmoil each day. All websites that post content with non-consenting people, amateur videos, and porn aimed at revenge or violence must be banned immediately.

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Criminal proceedings must be initiated against such perpetrators and the sites hosting such images and content should be black-listed by the ministry of information and broadcasting. Fast track courts should be made to run in case of humiliation. If it is possible to ban child pornography, then revenge porn is equally despicable and traumatic, and ought to be banned too.

The humiliation, despair and trauma the victims go through can’t be measured. It is too deep, and more psychological than physical. Unless the Indian Government shows sensitivity to their plight, they will continue to suffer in silence.

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