Police file case over online abuse of woman journalist Chennai

Aug 10, 2017, 12:41 IST | PTI

Tamil film actor Vijay
Tamil film actor Vijay

Chennai Police have filed a case in connection with the online abuse of a woman journalist by alleged fans of top Tamil actor Vijay after she made some comments about his film, even as the star urged that no such campaign should be carried out against women.

City Police filed the case against two or more Twitter handles, and invoked various sections of Indian Penal Code(IPC), Information Technology Act 2000 and TN Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act, 2002.

Sections such as 'stalking' and 'criminal intimidation'were invoked against two Twitter handles. Earlier, the journalist Dhanya Rajendran, editor-in-chief of an online portal, had preferred a complaint with the city police and its Central Crime Branch today filed the FIR.

She had earned the wrath of self-professed Vijay fans after she made some critical remarks against one of his films in a recent tweet while talking about the latest Shah Rukh Khan starer 'When Harry Met Sejal.'

Rajendran had to face a volley of abuse from various Twitter users who were allegedly fans of actor Vijay, who has a number of hits under his belt.

Responding to the incident, the journalist said she could be criticised for her work or "question my ethics", but that use of abuse and sexual threats were not proper.

"I may have done a lot of things you don't like or do not appreciate. You don't like my stories, jokes or plain stupid stuff I did. Criticise me, question my ethics... But please never use that to support abuse and sexual threats in any way. By doing that, we strengthen anonymous mobs," she wrote on her Facebook page.

Meanwhile, actor Vijay, currently shooting for his film 'Mersal', said everybody had a right to criticise films. "I respect women in society. Anybody has the freedom of expression to criticise anybody's film. My opinion is that maligning or making slanderous comments against women should not be made," he said in a statement.

Womanhood should be praised, he said, and urged that no comments "hurting anybody" and women in particular, should be published online.

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