Film personalities and others signal ‘open letter’ calling out Rhea Chakraborty’s media ‘witch-hunt’

Mumbai, September 15

Actor Sonam Kapoor and filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Mira Nair are amongst over two thousand individuals who have signed an open letter condemning the media’s “witch-hunt” of Rhea Chakraborty within the protection of Sushant Singh Rajput’s loss of life investigation.

Film personalities, together with Frieda Pinto, Zoya Akhtar, Farhan Akhtar, Alankrita Shrivastava, Gauri Shinde, Reema Kagti, Ruchi Narain, Rasika Dugal, Nitya Mehra, Amruta Subhash, Mini Mathur, Dia Mirza, Kubbra Sait and others have additionally signed the letter that asks the media to “hunt news, not women”.

Chakraborty has been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in reference to drugs-related allegations within the loss of life case of Rajput. The 34-year-old actor was discovered useless at his Bandra residence on June 14.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the NCB is probing the drug case during which 18 folks together with Chakraborty, her brother Showik Chakraborty, Rajput’s supervisor Samuel Miranda, home assist Dipesh Sawant and others have been arrested. 

The open letter, addressed to “the dear news media of India” is revealed on a weblog referred to as Feminist Voices and it has over 2,500 signatories from all walks of life.

“Dear information media of India. We are nervous about you. Are you feeling okay?

“Because, as we watch your witch-hunt of Rhea Chakraborty, we cannot understand why you have abandoned every professional ethic of journalism, every tenet of human decency and dignity and chosen instead to physically assault a young woman with your camera crews, endlessly violate her privacy and work overtime on false accusations and moralistic innuendo for a drama of ‘Rhea ko phasao’,” the letter reads.

The letter calls out the media for being “obsessed” with creating the narrative of a younger girl as a “morally dubious character” as a result of she speaks up for herself as an alternative of “acting like a damsel in distress”.

Drawing parallels concerning the protection of circumstances of actors Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt, the letter urged the media to indicate the identical kindness and respect to Chakraborty that it had proven to those actors.

“We know you can be different — because we have seen you be kind and respectful to the Salman Khans and Sanjay Dutts of this world, urging us to think of their families, fans and careers,” the letter mentioned asking why the media had “assassinated” Chakraborty’s character and egged a web-based mob in opposition to her and her household.

“It is easy to victimise a young woman because there are so many people who already disbelieve, slut-shame and abuse women, for their smallest freedoms. It is certainly cheaper than doing actual stories about a host of issues from GDP to health, currently confronting us,” the letter additional mentioned.

Citing the disturbing rise in home violence through the pandemic, the letter condemned the media for selling damaging stereotypes of “vishkanyas” and “dayans” whereas trivialising despair and perpetuating regressive stereotypes about psychological well being.

“We write to ask you, the news media, to stop this unfair witch-hunt of Rhea Chakraborty and to stop fuelling moral polarities of good women to be deified and bad women to be crucified which endangers all women. We write to ask you to do the right and responsible thing. Your jobs. Hunt news, not women,” the letter added. PTI


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