It was a sad incident that an intimate video of Namrata Shrestha and Kichaa Man Chitrakaar (DJ Tantrik) was released to the general public. They were aspiring artists in Nepali film and music industries. That might be the reason they got overwhelming response from Nepali people at home and those living all around the world. After a similar incident involving singer Prakash Ojha this was the second biggest sex scandal in Nepal. I donâ€™t know weather Namrata and Tantrik forgot about Prakash Ojha incident or choose to ignore it.
Apart from these events there are many such videos being released from time to time in discussion forums. Those people, being unknown to general public, do not attract that much attention. But the person involved do not get less pain and frustration than the well known persons like Namrata or Ojha. It is not only the person who is seen in the video; there are whole lot of persons, like spouses, children, friends, and relatives, who are affected by such incidents. Our society is not that advanced to digest such acts released to public. So, care should be exercised while taking such photos or videos. Damage once done can not be reversed.
Some suggestions, that I can think of now are:
- Never take videos or photos of your intimate moments. If you have such photos or video destroy them. Real things are better than the recorded moments.
- If you want to keep them for yourself store them securely. Do not share them even with the closest ones. You never know when the â€˜closestâ€™ person distance him/herself. There are various encrypting software, lockers etc.
- Donâ€™t trust internet. Do not post your personal data online. Sites like Google, WayBackMachine keep archive of almost all of the sites found in the internet. There is also no guarantee that social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, hi5 or others could not be accessed by unauthorized persons even if you have only a few friends in the account. There have been various reports that recruiters do their background checks on such sites. Many of them don’t delete your personal data even if you delete your account. So, you never know when your past comes hunting back to you.
- Delete your private information before you take your computer, mobile phone or camera to repair shops.
- Donâ€™t share others intimate and private photos, videos or other information. Such action creates unnecessary pain to the victim and feeling of guilt on you. One should always see oneself from the victimâ€™s perspective.
These are some of the things I could think of now. Please add more of your suggestions in the comment.
Even if the information is leaked, as in Namrataâ€™s case, it is not the end of the world. Every thing happens for ones own good. If they can be creative enough they can cash it out in positive ways. Paris Hilton is a living example of it. Now, donâ€™t say Nepal is no West. I donâ€™t mean to be a copycat. There might be waysâ€¦(I am feeling like I am not creative enough :). Any idea?
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