Anju Bala, BJP MP from up’s Misrikh, alleged in the Lok Sabha that Wikipedia had shown her as dead. Bala’s submission during Zero Hour prompted MPs across party lines to demand action against those responsible for the “mischievous” act.
You shocked MPs by alleging that Wikipedia had shown you as dead.
Yes. I had to give proof to the nation through the House that I am alive. I got calls from various parts of the country that Wikipedia said I died on March 3, 2016, in New Delhi. I have given a complaint to the Speaker and know she will ensure action. I decided to raise the issue today because I do not want such things happen to anyone else. Besides, a lot of people read it. Other things were written too — that I was married twice, I was living with Satish Sharma and later with Krishna Kumar. In fact, it’s the same person. My husband’s name is Satish Sharma Krishnakumar. I got married on January 26, 2008, in full public view. Why should a woman be asked to give proof of her character?
You said you were raising it for others who are defamed by such campaigns in social media.
If it can happen to me, an MP, other girls can be dragged into such controversies. I wanted to raise the issue so that there is action against such moves.
Why do you think such a campaign was run against you? Is it because of poor law and order?
There is something — it could be social or law and order. There could have been many instances, and people would keep quiet in the name of honour.
Do we have provisions in our system to give culprits exemplary punishment for cyber crimes?
It is time this government took action against such crimes. They have prepared something, I am sure. With our PM adopting a slogan for girls — Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao — and many schemes, I am confident that steps will be taken against such moves.
Have you approached anyone else?
I will approach the Home Minister. I had approached the Speaker, and I am sure she has initiated the process of taking action. Law Minister (D V Sadananda Gowda) has also promised action.