Indian activist's car vandalized after "Shame the Rapist Campaign"

Fri Feb 6, 2015 4:23pm EST
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By Nita Bhalla

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian activist who started an online video campaign to shame rapists said on Friday that her car had been vandalized and she had received emails containing pornographic images.

Sunitha Krishnan, co-founder of the anti-trafficking charity Prajwala, started the "Shame the Rapist Campaign" earlier this week by posting two videos on the Internet that showed men raping women.

Just minutes after she announced the campaign on Indian television on Friday morning her car had its rear window smashed, she said.

"In 30 mins that I announced on NDTV #ShameTheRapistCampaign at 9.30 a.m. this morning, my vehicle (was) vandalized," tweeted Krishnan, who lives and works in the central city of Hyderabad.

"If goons think they can intimidate me this way ...take a long walk boss. I will report come what may," she said in another tweet, along with a picture of her car's damaged window.

Krishnan later said she had received around 20 emails containing pornographic images during the course of the day.

On Indian TV, police said they were investigating the attack on Krishnan's car and that it was too early to confirm whether it was linked to the "Shame the Rapist Campaign".

The activist, who works on rehabilitating victims of human trafficking, was informed on Thursday of the two graphic videos by an acquaintance who said he had received them through popular messaging application WhatsApp.   Continued...