Chennai: Tamil actor Vijay on Wednesday stood up for a woman journalist who was trolled by his fans after she made some comments about his film and said that no such campaign should be carried out against women.
Vijay, currently shooting for his film Mersal, said everybody had a right to criticize films. He said in a statement that, "I respect women in society. Anybody has the freedom of expression to criticize anybody's film. My opinion is that maligning or making slanderous comments against women should not be made.” Womanhood should be praised, he said and urged that no comments 'hurting anybody' and women, in particular, should be published online.
Police file case
The Chennai police on Wednesday filed a case in connection with the online abuse of the woman journalist. The 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 the Twitter handles.
Dhanya Rajendran, editor-in-chief of an online portal, had preferred a complaint with the city police and its Central Crime Branch on Wednesday 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.
Dhanya had to face a volley of abuse from various self-proclaimed fans of actor Vijay, who has a number of hit movies. The journalist said she could be criticized for her work or 'question my ethics', but that use of abuse and sexual threats were not proper. She wrote on her Facebook page that "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. Criticize 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."