Youth & human rights in India: From Conversations to #IndiaTrollPatrol

Amnesty International India
12 August 2019 7:24 pm

We believe that young people play active roles in creating a world where everyone can enjoy human rights. Take these 10 young activists who are shaping the world they want or Greta and Fridays For Future collective, as examples of what young people can do to uphold human rights!

In India, over the past couple of years, we’ve been engaging the youth through a series of events called “Conversations”. Our conversations with young people are often around human rights violations in India, especially that of gender and identity based violence.

#IndiaTrollPatrol

This year, volunteer action was focused around online abuse. In May, we launched the project Troll Patrol India – a platform for crowdsourced research to determine the scale and nature of online abuse against 100 women politicians in India around the 2019 General Elections.

The unique gamification feature which made the platform user-friendly and interesting, had an incredible time contribution by over 500 youth volunteers from across India!

This was made possible only because of the enthusiasm and dedication of our 20 youth volunteers who managed the show. We also took this project from college to college and some interesting discussions took place:

Maitreyi College, Delhi University

9 August

At our session with Maitreyi College, we saw an immense participation from both the students and faculty members (64 students and 6 professors). Students shared their own experiences of having faced online abuse on social media, and discussed ways to address the issue. 

An interesting reflection which the event ended with was on the patriarchal nature of reporting – reports of violence against women in India is often focused on the victim rather than the perpetrators, which is also the case for online abuse, and troll patrol helped put the focus back on to the perpetrators.

Human Rights Department, Punjab University, Chandigarh

7 August

The event was attended by 50 students of the Department and 3 professors. While discussing their personal experiences of online abuse, one of the most common issues among students was image morphing on Instagram.

Khoj Studio, Delhi

28 July

For over two months, 35 volunteers in Delhi who were decoding tweets for the Troll Patrol India project finally met one another at a meet up that we organised at Khoj Studio.

Ambedkar College, Delhi

25 July

We organised a discussion with the Social Work Department on Troll Patrol India at B.R. Ambedkar College in Delhi. The event was attended by 70 students and 5 professors.

Amnesty India HQ, Bangalore

6 July

We held our first ever ‘Decodathon’ event at our headquarters in Bangalore that was completely organised by our interns!