On Period Leave, Bangalore Riots, Attack on Democracy, and More: Women on Twitter Speak Up

Athira Nair
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The past week has had a myriad of topics that caught netizens’ attention – besides the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and nepotism debate which have been ruling social media for months.

The past week has had a myriad of topics that caught netizens’ attention – besides the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and nepotism debate which have been ruling social media for months. In fact, Twitter was flooded with reviews on the trailer of Sadak 2 and the latest Netflix release Gunjan Saxena, as much as with attack on journalists in Delhi and communal riots in Bangalore and floods in Jaipur.

From Uttar Pradesh-based teenager Sudeeksha Bhati, who died in a road accident a few days ago, to US Vice President nominee Kamala Harris, who is the first Asian-origin woman to be in the position, women have taken up space on social media this week. Indian Tweeple, especially women, had varied perspectives when food-tech platform Zomato announced period-leave for their employees.

In fact, veteran journalist Barkha Dutt’s take on period leave did evoke some criticism and debates:

Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy said out loud what most of us felt about the topic:

After the riots that erupted in Bangalore a few days ago, following a social media post that allegedly offends Islamic sentiments, #Bangaloreriots was trending on Twitter, and thankfully, common sense prevailed from celebrity voices:

However, Bangalore had another, bigger headache to deal with too. Journalist Anusha Ravi Sood had some worrying updates on the Coronavirus situation in the city:

Following the attack on journalists in Bangalore during the riots, three journalists of TheCaravan magazine in Delhi were attacked by miscreants who claimed to be from the BJP. RJ Sayema was among the many who raised their voice against this incident:

Another topic that provoked the netizens’ wrath was the Supreme Court’s order against lawyer Prashanth Bhushan for his tweets criticising the judiciary:

It’s not as if there is a dearth of serious issues that affect every citizen in the country; yet, nepotism in Bollywood was still a concern for the social media commentators. Journalist Rohini Singh voices an opinion which at least some of us would share:

Let’s wrap it up with a humorous take on the topic from comedian Aditi Mittal:

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