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Sadly, Indian men are famous for their sexism, misogyny, sexual violence/assault, stalking, harassment and abusive way they treat Indian women and the online world is no exception, where under the guise of "Foss", Indian men have sent me abusive private emails and my experience with the negative behaviour within the Foss world has made me rethink the privacy policy that jerks exploit - the right to privacy cannot be twisted into "abuse in private" then invoke your privacy rights to silence women from speaking up against abusive behaviour.

The right to privacy is not absolute, rather a privilege inherent with responsibility - It is a right you enjoy so long as you dont abuse it to harass and stalk women into silence so off-list emails that are abusive and trollish will be publicly published or redirected to the respective mailing lists.

  1. The preferred communication language is English, so DONT write private emails in multiple Indic scripts. I've received such emails from abusive men who expect replies in Indian scripts. Foss != dating site, so if you are looking for love, friendships, or casual chats you are at the wrong place. I'm not a social butterfly in the STEM / FOSS world intent on gathering 5-digit Twitter and G+ followers. So dont spam me in multiple Indic scripts - given that India has 800+ languages, I know a very limited number of Indic scripts.
  2. Dont be the ubiquitous sexist-jerk, or ask personal questions via off-list emails (including IRC PM's) or stalk me to intimidate me into silence when I disagree with you online. The GOI amended the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Criminal Law vide an Ordinance in 2013 that is available as a Gazette notification dated 03-Feb-2013, which made stalking (including cyber-stalking) a criminal offence as per clause 6 section on "Stalking" 354D. (1) that says whoever monitors the use by a person of the internet, email or any other form of electronic communication, or watches or spies on a person in a manner that results in a fear of violence or serious alarm or distress in the mind of such person, or interferes with the mental peace of such person, commits the offence of stalking. Here is a Press Information Bureau release of the gazette notification.
  3. I abhor flame-wars and needless baiting on communication networks - an unproductive time-sink. If you want information related to FOSS or want to contribute to the Foss communities I volunteer with, please direct your question(s) to the respective mailing list or IRC channel. Community responses increase collaboration and indirectly benefit other people with similar objectives, thanks to a larger number of people from all around the world being online 365x24x7 who will be able to help you faster than I can in private.


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