Mob lynching in India: What’s app as social media to ‘anti’ social media
Seema Uikey, Nidhi Dubey
India is observing a high rise in cases relating to lynching. When the people take law into their own hands it can be dangerous for the victim who is in threat of their lives. Incidents of lynching can be linked to technology. Cell phones are used to spread rumours about cow slaughter. A new form of primitive propaganda is manufactured to forge a collective majoritarian identity. Religiously charged mobs have become active in dispensing vigilante justice. They are running amok throughout the country. Lynching has been a frequent occurrence. There is silence too from the courts. Law has taken a backseat. The present paper deals with the role of what’s app forwarded messages as a technological tool for spreading fake news and cause mob lynching in the country.