Analysis on the Hatred for Dalits and Backward Class on Social Media
Social media is like a weapon for the ones who live in poverty and away from the main cities of the country, it’s one place where they can raise their voices against the tortures and injustice. Initially, all this was only limited to the local newspapers of that area and their atrocities could never make it up to the national news channels of the country, but this social media has given voices to the voiceless to raise voices for themselves and the people around them.
With the help of social media now the Dalits and the people from other backward classes are coming forward to present their opinions on the matters of the country. There is always a question mark on Indian media that why there is no one of the Dalit or backward class on the higher positions of the Indian media whether it’s print media or electronic media? With the rising of such questions Social media, web media, and You tube has become a backbone for the Dalits and backward people making it a Bahujan media.
In these media institutes the issues of these societies are treated rather seriously like, “ not letting any Dalit bridegroom sit on the horse during his marriage” initially used to be an issue only in the local newspaper of the state, but now due to the impact of social media any issue like this gets maximum views and start getting trending on the social media.
As every story as two coins where at one side it has given voice to many people, it also has given a mouth to the ones who can have an agenda to spread communal riots.
The reporters and the politicians raising their voices against the atrocities are trolled through social media for doing the same . In this report, we will analyze how these Bahujan politicians and journalists face hatred by compiling and analyzing Twitter data.
PROFILES OF IMPORTANT PERSONS-
BSP leader Mayawati, Azad Samaj party leader Chandra Shekhar Azad, Congress leader Dr. Udit Raj, journalist Meena Kotwal, etc present and active on social media are the ones trolled over the social media.
SOCIAL MEDIA USERS AND THEIR ACCOUNTS:
The [email protected] on social media many times uses faulty and abusive language, followed by @dkthaku999229226 and @shivash81787624.
MOST MENTIONED ACCOUNTS:
The accounts mostly mentioned in aggressive tweets are Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan, leader of Azad Samaj Party(@Bhimarmy_BEM) , followed by congress leader Udit Raj (@Dr_Uditrajj) , rather than these , two chief ministers late Ram Vilas Paswan is also mentioned. The latter two have always been vocal about the atrocities of Adivasi and other backward classes. Other than that on social media all the Dalit social workers are targeted and trolled the same way. The names of users with the most trolling are given in the graph below.
Provided below are the links of the Dalit Social workers, politicians, and journalists who are majorly trolled, here you can have a look at trolled posts.
MOSTLY USED ABUSED WORD
There is a certain keyword that is followed to write the posts against the Dalit Social workers, politicians and journalists. After getting to know about the abusive words we searched the count of the words. The most commonly used word was’ CHAMAR’ with more than 300 times in use, rather than this the words like ‘bhangi, Dalit, Bhima, chamar, etc words are used with more than 50 times in use. We reported this after knowing the usage from different persons.
In this wordcloud we got the know about the abusive words used for the Dalit Social workers, journalists and politicians in which in the major abusive words the users have used # or @ instead of a full abuse, because of the laws against usage of abusive language.
LAW ON RACE INDICATOR ABUSE:
According to the news of ‘LIVE LAW’ the usage of word ‘CHAMAR’ is considered as an impeachment of law according to article 3(1)(x) of the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes(prevention and atrocities ) act ,1989 .Is this word ‘CHAMAR’ is used as an insulting word shall be constructed in the context in which it is used , this was stated in Swaran Singh & ors state Tr.Standing council & Anr on 18th august 2008.
Rather than this , the use of raciest words can be a punishable crime according to laws , according to law 3(1) if any person belonging to SC & ST is humiliated in public in attempt to make that person feel inferior is considered against the law . Any comments or threats in this context are also considered as a punishable crime, also with its article18A to case a file against this no initial inspection is required it is also mentioned in the bill that the investigation officer needs not to take the permit from anyone on the cases related to these.
Through our analysis it is clear that that on the social media many dalit journalists, politicians and activists are facing abuses , that too indiscriminately. We also found that in all the abusive words used by the users on social media many marks like @ and # are used in between the abuses such as the word [email protected]@r.
We suggest to investigate into such issues and users on twitter so that all such humiliating activities can be stopped.
The usage of the word ‘chamar’ is constitutionally wrong . in this story we have used such words because to expose the users doing such users who have used these words for dalit politicians, journalists and activists to defame and insult them.we want to clarify that our motive is not to defame or demean anyone.