A Kerala woman’s Facebook post has gone viral after she said she had apprehended her cyber stalker and instead of handing him over to the police, made him pay Rs 25,000 to a charity of her choice.
The torture for Sreelakshmi Satheesh, the CEO of an educational setup, began when she began getting repeated phone calls from random men asking her for her ‘rate’. On doing a background check, Satheesh discovered that one of her acquaintances had posted her number on a WhatsApp group where he called her a ‘prostitute’.
In a Facebook post written in Malayalam that has since gone viral, Satheesh wrote that she was ‘shocked and sickened’ after receiving multiple calls from unknown men soliciting her services. She said that she took matters into her own hands after calling one of the men, asking him the truth about her number had been circulated.
She then discovered that the person who shared her number was not only known to her personally, but he was also a senior member of a political party. While she considered going to the police, she was dissuaded by her father. She added that she was apprehensive herself because of the man’s connections and was concerned for her safety.
Instead of then approaching the police, Satheesh approached the party and told them of what happened. Following this, the party expelled the man and also made him pay Rs 25,000 to a charity of her choice. He had to issue her a receipt as proof.
Her post has been shared around 2,500 times on Facebook and many women and girls are seeking her advice on handling online abuse.