A Study on Tackling on Online Abuse and Disinformation Targeting Women in Politics in Tamil Nadu

  • Akshaya M. and Binushma B.
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  • Akshaya M.

    Student at Saveetha School of Law, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences (SIMATS), India

  • Binushma B.

    Student at Saveetha School of Law, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences (SIMATS), India

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The prevalence of online abuse and disinformation targeting women in politics in Tamil Nadu, India, and explores strategies for combating this issue. Using a mixed-methods approach, including surveys and interviews with women politicians and activists, the study found that online abuse and disinformation are rampant in Tamil Nadu, and women politicians are particularly vulnerable to these attacks. The study identifies several factors that contribute to this phenomenon, including political polarisation, caste-based discrimination, and the normalisation of misogynistic attitudes. To address this problem, the study recommends a multifaceted approach, including policy interventions, community-based initiatives, and individual-level actions. The study proposes the implementation of legal frameworks that specifically address online abuse and disinformation targeting women, along with the creation of awareness-raising campaigns to educate the public on the negative impact of such behaviours. The study also emphasises the importance of building networks of support among women politicians and activists to provide emotional and strategic support for those who face online abuse and an evil form of sexual harassment.


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International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 6, Issue 3, Page 1161 - 1185

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLSI.112008

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