FIR Filed on Actor Vijay Fans Who Abused A Female Journalist On Twitter


Kollywood Star Actor Vijay Fans have abused and trolled a woman journalist, Dhanya Rajendran, for four days now. The abuse and trolling started on Last Friday, after Dhanya put out a tweet  in twitter about a movie – Jab Harry Met Sejal; the senior journalist tweeted that she had walked out of the movie – which has been panned by critics and audiences alike – and compared it to another movie she had walked out of several years earlier: Sura, starring Vijay.Sura was Vijay’s 50th movie and the star plays a fisherman fighting a land-grabbing minister with Tamannaah as his companion. The film was abjectly boring as so many of these star-driven movies tend to be.

From the day of that tweet Vijay’s fans then descended on Dhanya’s timeline, to abuse her with sexually coloured remarks, issue rape threats, and drag in her family and friends for ‘insulting’ their favourite actor. There have been around 63,000 tweets over the past three days and a derogatory hashtag trended on Twitter.

At one point, the journalist tweeted: “It’s clearly organised. There was a planned wave of trolls at the appointed time, 6 pm.”Actor Vijay has not responded yet to the controversy.

On Tuesday, Dhanya filed a complaint with the Chennai police and recorded her statement on the issue. An FIR has been filed under IPC sections 354 D (stalking), 506(1) (criminal intimidation), 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication), 509 (insulting the modesty of women), section 67 of IT Act (publishing obscene material), section 4 of TN Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act, and section 6 of the Indecent Representation of Women Act.

Investigators say based on her complaint, they are trying to identify four people who tweet using aliases. A senior officer said: “We are adopting conventional methods to trace these people. Some have also deleted their accounts”.

Dhanya has received support from several quarters. The DMK working president MK Stalin in a tweet said, “Intolerance in any form, for expressing ones views in a democratic country is unacceptable. These acts to strangulate the freedom of expression, especially of a woman journalist in Chennai is highly deplorable and condemnable. Rule of law must take prompt measures in curbing this menace.”

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