Shame, harassment, and intimidation on Facebook
News of the gang rape of a 13-year-old girl in 2011 made headlines in Bangladesh. But so far this year, Purnima Shell is still being harassed on social media and threatened with shame.
“Our house was 200 yards away from the crematorium. They raped me there. I saw their faces with them in the light of flashlights.”
Purnima Shell was gang-raped in the village of Olapara in northern Bangladesh. Twenty-five suspects were charged with assault and eleven were later charged.
“They ripped off my clothes, tore my clothes, talked dirty, at one point I was unconscious,” she said.
When Purnima regained consciousness and returned home a few hours later, the house was full of police.
“There were a lot of lights, a lot of people had gathered in the house and a truck full of police was standing. They started asking me, ‘Did they rape you?'” I didn’t even realize it. That is what “.
News of this brutal attack made headlines in the Bangladeshi media and made headlines in the international media.
But what has not been reported is that, five years later, Purnima is still being harassed on the internet because of the shame of survivors of rape attacks in many parts of Bangladesh.
It says, “In year 9, a Facebook page was created with my name and picture. It had my office address and even my phone number written on it. It posted a lot of unsolicited comments and pictures of women. There were such posts.” “I am ready to rent,” he said.
While Purnima was working at a local TV station, many of her friends and acquaintances accepted the request for a friend from her Facebook account, thinking that the account was genuine.
“They asked, ‘Why do you share such bad pictures? What good does it do you?’ A friend didn’t even ask me how much it cost.”
With this, some of his friends left him, some of them backbit and ridiculed him, that is why Pranima left the job.
She never found the creator of the Facebook account, but the account was shut down later this year as a result of repeated complaints from Purnima and a friend.
The online harassment against Purnima was a new attempt to ruin her life, and animosity to show that survivors of rape are dirty and worthless.
“On the eve of school, college and university, I was confronted with such things. I couldn’t walk on the street. People would point at me and say, ‘This is the same girl.’
“Some would even buy my hair and beat me. They would say, ‘It’s dirty, don’t talk to her.’ “They would tell me this is the girl who was raped.”
Purnima now works as a private music teacher and finds comfort in Bengali music and classical songs and plays the harmonium.
“When I feel weak, I lock myself in the room and sing,” she says.
But it knows that even though the Facebook page is now over, that stain of shame will never leave it completely.
“When I went back to that page, a friend had written ‘Purnima! Aren’t you ashamed?’
“But they are ashamed of me for what I have done. It’s not my shame. This is a shame for the Bangladeshi community. ”