A case has been registered with Chennai Police’s cyber cell against the social media user who issued a sexual assault threat to actor Vijay Sethupathi‘s minor daughter.
The distasteful remark came a day after the actor walked out of the biopic titled 800, based on Sri Lankan cricketer Muthiah Muralidaran.
After several complaints against the Twitter user, Chennai Police Commissioner Mahesh Aggarwal revealed on social media that a case has been registered under sections 153, 294B, and 67.
There has been lot of concern in social media regarding comments made in social media against a celebrity. On receipt of complaint to this effect a case in Cyber Cell has been registered.
— Mahesh Aggarwal, IPS (@copmahesh1994) October 20, 2020
After Vijay Sethupathi shared a tweet announcing his decision to pull out of the biopic, a Twitter user, who goes by the name Rithik (@ItsRithikRajh), had put up with pictures of the actor and his daughter and said she should be sexually assaulted “in order for her father to understand the difficult lives led by Tamils in Sri Lanka.”
Several celebrities and Twitter users demanded the user to be taken into custody for making the remark. Singer Chinmayi Sripaada condemned the social media user and wrote: “A Tamil man recording his difference of opinion. This is why many in this society stand in support of the predators. Is nobody in this system going to change this? A man who can say in public about raping a child is a criminal.”
Is nobody in this system going to change this?A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A man who can say in public about raping a child is a criminal. pic.twitter.com/ABL5t2GNUg
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) October 19, 2020
She also wrote, “Shame on all of you who do it and those who watch and remain silent.”
DMK MP Kanimozhi has also demanded strict action against the user for making such a statement. She urged strict action to be taken against the man by police.
விஜய் சேதுபதியின் மகளுக்கு விடுக்கப்பட்டிருக்கும் வக்கிர மிரட்டல் காட்டுமிராண்டித்தனமானது மட்டுமல்ல மிகுந்த ஆபத்தானதும் கூட.
பெண்கள் மற்றும் குழந்தைகளை மிரட்டுவதுதான், கோழைகளுக்கு தெரிந்த ஒரே ஆயுதம். இதை செய்த நபர் மீது காவல்துறை கடுமையான நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும்.
— Kanimozhi (கனிமொழி) (@KanimozhiDMK) October 20, 2020
While actor Kasthuri also expressed her disgust over the statement, the Twitter user issued sexual assault threats to her as well.
Dear Ajith fans,
seri. unga vazhikke varren.
Any action on this pig . He is ‘free’ it seems. That is his idea of #Valimai️ …?
If you are honorable people, this is your chance to prove it. I am waiting. https://t.co/zabMicbgAg
— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) October 19, 2020
Currently, the user’s profile or tweets are unavailable.
Vijay Sethupathi has been in the eye of a storm ever since the motion poster of 800 was released last week. The former cricketer had courted controversy in Tamil Nadu for his comments in support of the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led Sri Lankan government which was responsible for the killing of thousands of Eelam Tamils. Sethupathi on Monday announced that he would not be a part of the biopic after many people from the film fraternity and his fans criticised him for it.
The actor had retweeted Muralitharan’s letter, which requested him to not be a part of the film, with the words ‘Thank you…. Goodbye’. The film, produced by DAR Motion Pictures, was expected to release in multiple languages. No statement has been issued yet confirming whether the film has been shelved or not.