Body shaming: UP Board exam topper Prachi Nigam breaks silence on cyberbullying

The teenager was trolled for her facial hair after the results were out

UP Class 10 UP Board examinations topper Prachi Nigam was trolled UP Class 10 UP Board examinations topper Prachi Nigam was trolled by a section of internter users | Twitter

Prachi Nigam has finally broken her silence. The Class 10 UP Board examinations topper, who scored 98.5% marks, was ridiculed by a section of people online over her looks. At a time when she was supposed to get only appreciation and gifts, a sect took an unappreciated path of cyberbullying. And when the teenager finally responded to the development, it was short yet spot-on. "My marks matter, not my facial hair..." 

Prachi Nigam and toxic cyberspace

After Prachi Nigam was identified as this year's Class 10 topper from Uttar Pradesh, some people initiated an unwanted discussion over her physical appearance. The trolls focused on her facial hair and only stopped after the sensible cyber population came together in her defence. Prachi's intelligence and effort mattered and it was the time to congratulate her, they pointed out.

According to Prachi, it doesn't make a difference if the trollers stop targeting her or not. The bright teenager is also aware that she is not the first person in the world to be body-shamed. To assert her point that great minds are often targeted, she told NDTV, "Even Chanakya was trolled for his appearance and looks, but it didn't affect him either." 

However, she was not completely untouched by the uncouth trolling. Media reports quoted her as saying that she could have escaped the unpleasant situation if someone else had topped the exams. "A few lesser marks in exams wouldn't have made me popular on social media. And I wouldn't have faced such trolling," Prachi reportedly said.

Her parents Chandra Prakash Nigam and Mamta Nigam reportedly throw their weight behind their daughter. They said they are proud of Prachi's achievement which is no menial feet. The Uttar Pradesh Board result was declared on April 20

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