With videos of the gangrape doing rounds on whatsapp, social activist Sunitha Krishnan quickly got involved, and in doing so has gotten concerned citizens involved too. She did upload 2 videos on Youtube having appropriately protected the victim’s identity to initiate the ShameTheRapistCampaign. The links are no longer active, and returns the following message, ‘This video has been removed because its content violated YouTube’s Terms of Service’.
Sunitha Krishnan’s car The rapists had posted both videos of them raping/sexually assaulting women on whatsapp. Sunitha Krishnan confirmed they were not enacted videos. Not reporting a rape in India is common practice owing to apathy from officials and societal stigma attached to it. The rapes had gone unreported, meaning the victims have most likely not received any help to deal with their ordeal. The rapists obviously are on the prowl, presenting a real threat to any woman or child, when they should rightfully be imprisoned at the very least.
Sunitha Krishnan has appealed to help trace them. And it has begun with nationally shaming them in the hope to identify them, so the law can take its course. In the meantime, authorities in Hyderabad have begun investigations. It is not known
how many people saw these videos and remained silent. The eight and four minute video clips are being verified and community policing units are being approached to help trace the culprits.
Screen grabs of the shocking video clips should be sufficient to five rapists who are seen smiling while sexually assaulting two women. Within half an hour of announcing the ShameTheRapistCampaign on national television, Sunitha Krishnan’s vehicle was vandalised. City cops are on the lookout for miscreants responsible for damaging the rear windscreen of Krishnan’s car parked outside Prajwala Home, a voluntary organisation she runs. Not one to be intimidated, she said of teh incident, ‘Take a long walk boss, I will report come what may I will track and I will shame’.
While people nationwide have joined the ShameTheRapistCampaign, newer intimidation’s and sick pornographic mails have come Ms Krishnan’s way. The videos shared were not intended for viewing but more to circulate the rapists screen grabs, and help share the same by posting a comment, and then share the post, until the rapists are nabbed. Her public appeal has allowed people to to voice their concern, but as of now, there’s been no development on the identification aspect. Leads can be communicated to firstname.lastname@example.org