Nairat, a member of the Hindu caste, is one of the thousands of Indian activists who regularly protest in cities and towns across India in support of Hindu rights.
In February, she and Narmi, a student activist from the Muslim community, were both arrested after a rally in the Indian capital, Delhi, in which Nairats Facebook profile pictures included pictures of Hindu deities and an image of the Hindustani Goddess Lakshmi.
“In a country that values freedom of speech and expression, there is no room for people to hold their views on the ground,” said Nairu, who has since been transferred to a prison camp for alleged sedition.
“It is a serious violation of human rights to have these views and they must be confronted and dealt with.”
The arrests and subsequent protests have left India’s political parties and police unable to tackle the growing anti-Hindu sentiment on the internet.
Nairatu said she would be “thrilled” to be released, but she is concerned that she will have to endure the harassment she has endured on social media.
“The online space is so different.
When you’re not online you’re alone and people are just looking at you.
I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to see the world outside of this virtual space,” Nairato said.
“People will never understand what it is to be a human being and I feel like I’m going through a prison,” she added.
On May 1, Nairati and Naimi, both members of the Dalit community, both had their Facebook profiles suspended by Facebook after they published images of the Goddess Lakshmina.
They had also criticized the arrest of a young Muslim woman in Uttar Pradesh, who had posted a video on Facebook of her celebrating the festival of Dussehra in her hometown.
“I’m going to be tortured in this prison, because of my Hindu identity,” Naimati said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“But if they do not take action, they are going to keep taking it from us.”
Nairamani is not alone in being threatened.
In recent months, more than 100 Hindu women, men and children have been arrested in India for posting anti-Muslim material on Facebook.
The number of cases is expected to rise, with a recent spate of attacks on Muslim women and girls on a bus in Ahmedabad and on a train in Mumbai.
Indian police say they have arrested more than 2,000 people in recent months for allegedly posting anti–Islamic material on social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Many of the suspects face long prison sentences and face heavy fines, but a recent Supreme Court decision allowed the police to arrest people who do not pose a threat to society.
A recent report from the United Nations Human Rights Council says the number of such cases is increasing, and the authorities have become increasingly aggressive in enforcing laws that restrict the freedom of expression and the media.
The Human Rights Watch report said that authorities were also failing to respond to cases of harassment.
“This situation is getting worse and worse,” said Akshay Kumar, the group’s director of the Asia division.
“For every incident we get, there are many more people who have been harassed.
This is a problem that can only be solved by law.”
While the government has tried to address the problem by introducing measures, including creating new categories of hate crimes and using new tools to track down and prosecute those responsible, many activists and human rights advocates say that many of these measures have only added to the problems and are not enough to stop the growing backlash against Hindus.
“India is a country of law, but in some ways it is still a country where the law is broken,” said Anupama Rao, the deputy director of India and South Asia program at Human Rights First.
“As a society we need to think about how to deal with this.”