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Meera Chopra to take legal action after receiving rape threats on Twitter

Meera Chopra retweeted some of the messages she received, also drawing Jr NTR's attention to the rape and death threats by his fans.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 4, 2020 8:33:14 am
Meera Chopra Meera Chopra urged Hyderabad Police and Twitter to taken action against the abusers. (Photo: Meera Chopra/Instagram)

Meera Chopra on Tuesday was threatened with rape by Jr NTR fans after the Bollywood actor said she likes Mahesh Babu more than the RRR actor during an #AskMeera session on Twitter.

Meera retweeted some of the messages she received, also drawing Jr NTR’s attention to the rape and death threats by his fans.

Talking about the incident, the actor said, “I conducted an ‘Ask Meera’ session on Twitter, and a fan asked me about my favourite actor from the south film industry. I said Mahesh Babu. Then somebody asked if I liked Junior NTR, and I said I don’t know him, and I am not a fan. That’s it. As soon as I said that, I was bombarded with abuses, murder threats, rape threats, character assassination and threats against my parents. I have got close to 30,000 abusive tweets so far.”

Meera Chopra had tweeted on Tuesday, “@tarak9999 i didnt kno that ill be called a bitch, whore and a pornstar, just bcoz i like @urstrulyMahesh more then you. And your fans will send my parents such wishes. Do u feel successful with such a fan following? And i hope u dont ignore my tweet!!!”

The actor further wrote, “Well i didnt know not being somebody’s fan was a crime.. i want to say this loud to all the girls that if you are not a fan of @tarak9999, u could be raped, murdered, gangraped, ur parents could be killed as tweeted by his fans. They r totally spoiling the name of their idol.”

Hoping for Jr NTR to respond to her tweets and speak up against the indecent behaviour of his fans, Meera Chopra said, “I feel sad for such stars who have such twisted fanbase. Is this what stardom is? I think a star should address such fan clubs and insist that they refrain from such hooliganism. But they don’t do that. Their fans are openly discussing gang rapes and murders and they also use their DPs, but stars just stay quiet.”

Meera also urged Hyderabad Police and Twitter to taken action against the abusers. She posted on Twitter, “@hydcitypolice @CyberCrimeshyd i would like to report all these accounts. They are talking abt gang banging, are abusive and death threatning. Unfortunately they are all @tarak9999 fanclubs. @Twitter i would request you to look into it and suspend these accounts.”

Singer Chinmayi Sripada, who has also been at the receiving end of rape and acid attack threats, came out in support of Meera Chopra and suggested the actor file an official complaint. “One of the reasons I stopped saying I even “like movies” is because there are people who’ll use that as a means to abuse. As someone who gets rape threats everyday, I suggest you file a case. Pick the abusive ones from this and file it with @NCWIndia,” Sripada tweeted.

Determined to take legal action against those who abused her, Meera said, “I am already in talks with the cyber cell team. I’ve always advocated that women should fight for themselves and stand against what’s wrong. You cannot character assassinate a woman, give threats, and abuse her for sharing her choice. I have to raise my voice against such fan clubs. These are the kind of people who go out and commit rapes and murders.”

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Later, Meera Chopra thanked her fans for supporting her and urged people to make the cyberspace a safe place for women. She wrote, “Thankyou each one of you for supporting me. Lets make this place safe for women and take down those losers who abuse and give death threats. Lets raise our voice against #womenabuse #rape #pedophilia #hooliganism.

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