Kolkata: It started with a Facebook page that promoted memes. But the exercise in good humour soon turned into a page for sexist digs. When software engineer-and-actor Panchali Kar protested against the dirty memes, she was subjected to cyber bullying. But Kar remained unfazed. She emailed the screenshots of the posts of her bully to the commissioner of police, shared screenshots of her email on social media to ensure her tormentor gets shamed publicly.

She also filed a GD with Dum Dum police.

“I feel keeping silent doesn’t help and we need to shame these bullies publicly. I have protested against cyber bullies earlier,” Kar said. This is the second time she has complained to the cops. “On the earlier occasion, I had taken screenshots of a person bullying someone else and mailed it to the cops. A couple of days later, I had got a reply from the police and had forwarded it to the person who was being bullied,” she said.

Of course, the Facebook page of Bankura memes has a disclaimer stating it was hosted just for “pure humour. Don’t take the posts personally. It’s just for fun! So have fun! We don’t promote plagiarism. Our posts are original!”

From Dev to Tapas Paul, from Mamata Banerjee to Anjan Dutt — many have been a target of these memes. Initially, the memes were funny. But soon, the humour turned into obscene sexist remarks. The memes that Kar had found objectionable involves those of Shah Rukh Khan and Tolly actress Paoli Dam.

Kar wasn’t scared of protesting. “It is the bully who should be scared and not me. I am a stage actor and I make documentary films. Besides, I have been working as an IT analyst at TCS for six years. Srijit Mukherji has shared my post. I will continue shaming this Raj Chatterjee who was bullying me online. My colleagues in office are very supportive,” she said.

Paoli, who was the target of the memes that Kar had posted, remained silent.

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Source: TOI-Kol