An Instagram group with the name ‘Bois Locker Room’ has recently come to light, raising the safety of women and underage girls on the photo and video sharing platform.
Teenage boys in this group have reportedly been sharing pictures of girls, modifying their pictures, using abusive language and talking about ‘raping girls’.
A girl, who knows about this group tweeted, “A group of south delhi guys aged 17-18 types have this ig gc named “boy’s locker room” where they shit on, objectify and morph pictures of girls their age. 2 boys from my school are a part of it. MY FRIENDS AND I ARE FREAKING OUT THIS IS SO EWWW AND NOW MY MOM WANTS ME TO QUIT IG”.
According to Amnesty International, in India, research has shown that increasing access to the internet has resulted in more and more women facing online violence and abuse for participating in public life and sharing their opinions on social media platforms. In the recent past, journalists like Barkha Dutt, Sagarika Ghosh and Rana Ayyub, student leaders like Shehla Rashid, and actors like Swara Bhaskar have faced online abuse, for merely expressing their opinions online whereas women politicians in India receive on average 113 problematic or abusive tweets per day, including threats and badgering.