Actor-singer Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, who had recently tweeted against the “aggressive/ear shattering call” for ‘azaan’, today lodged a police complaint against the “abusive” tweets posted by netizens in response to her remarks, an official said.
Based on her complaint, police registered a case against four persons, the official added. Krishnamoorthi, 41, had criticised the “aggressive/ear shattering call” for ‘azaan’, saying she does not need public loudspeakers to remind her of God. She called it a case of “imposed religiosity”, describing the use of loudspeakers as “lowlife” and “dumb”. Her tweets were met with both praise and scorn.
In the complaint, the actor said, “I was sexually abused through social media after I tweeted about azaan call in my neigbourhood.” The actor had tagged the tweet to Mumbai Police, seeking advice on “how action can be taken against such violent sexual trolling?” Oshiwara police said a case against unknown persons had been registered under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of a woman) of the IPC and under section 67 (A) (any person who sends by means of a computer resource or a communication device and the information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character) of the IT Act. Police are taking help from the cyber cell to track down the accused.
Suchitra had tweeted on Sunday: “Came home at 4.45am 2 most aggressive / ear shattering call of azaan. Nothing more lowlife & dumb than such extreme imposed religiosity.”
In other tweets, she acknowledged that the language used might have been too ‘strong’ and that she has also called out the beef ban and gau rakshaks in previous posts.
Ms Krishnamoorthi is the second celebrity to complain on Twitter about the azaan in the space of a few months, after singer Sonu Nigam, who later deleted his Twitter account. Mr Nigam was also trolled massively but, as one Twitter user pointed out, he was slut-shamed as Ms Krishnamoorthi has been.
Among those who defended the actor were her ex-husband Shekhar Kapur, who tweeted: “Trolling arguments is acceptable. But if @Twitter want to survive in India they have to stop such rampant disgusting sexual abuse.”
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