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FIR Over Rape Threat Tweet to Vijay Sethupathi’s Daughter

Chennai Police registered a case against man who issued rape threats to actor Vijay Sethupathi’s minor daughter.

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Since Kollywood actor Vijay Sethupathi’s Muttiah Muralidaran’s biopic titled 800 was announced, the hashtag #ShameOnVijaySethupathi had been trending.
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Chennai Police Cyber Crime wing has registered a case against a social media user who issued rape threats to actor Vijay Sethupathi’s minor daughter.

Several netizens came down heavily on the social media user who had posted the distasteful comment on the actor’s post where he announced that he has backed out from the movie 800, a biopic on Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan.

Tamil Nadu police took cognisance of the matter and wrote to Twitter India seeking more details about the account user.

Chennai city Commissioner of Police Mahesh Aggarwal posted on his official Twitter page that a case has been registered on receipt of a complaint. The FIR has been registered for provocation with intent to causing riot, using obscene language in public place and transmitting obscene material through the internet under sections 153, 294 (B) of the IPC and section 67B of the Information Technology Act.

FIR Over  Rape Threat Tweet to Vijay Sethupathi’s Daughter

DMK MP Kanimozhi had demanded strict action against the social media user.

FIR Over  Rape Threat Tweet to Vijay Sethupathi’s Daughter
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Several users shared the tweet, demanding that the person behind the handle be arrested and jailed.

The Twitter user, who goes by the name Rithik (Handle: @ItsRithikRajh), tweeted pictures of Vijay Sethupathi and his daughter and said the child needs to be sexually assaulted, “in order for her father to understand the difficult lives led by Tamils in Sri Lanka.”

DMK MP S Senthil Kumar tweeted, “Are they human beings? Kindly track this person and put him behind bars,” and tagged the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the Chennai police’s official Twitter handles.

FIR Over  Rape Threat Tweet to Vijay Sethupathi’s Daughter

Singer Chinmayi also condemned the tweet and tagged the official Twitter handles of Chennai Police and the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Adyar.

“A Tamil man recording his difference of opinion. This is why many in this society stand in support of the predators. Is nobody in this system going to change this? A man who can say in public about raping a child is a criminal,” she posted.

“Why does this crappy society do this – watch silently when this happens? How are men raised to issue rape threats? Why is it when adults fight like hyenas, the women and children have to suffer? Shame on all of you who do it and those who watch and remain silent.”
Singer Chinmayi Sripaada on Twitter
FIR Over  Rape Threat Tweet to Vijay Sethupathi’s Daughter

Twitter Suspends Account

After several users reported the account, the social media platform suspended the account.

FIR Over  Rape Threat Tweet to Vijay Sethupathi’s Daughter

The tweets posted by the user so far shows that the user is a habitual offender who has posted rape threats against several women on Twitter.

Actor Kasturi said the Twitter user had issued rape threats to her as well, in the past.

FIR Over  Rape Threat Tweet to Vijay Sethupathi’s Daughter

When the movie was announced, several pro-Tamil groups and Kollywood celebrities expressed strong opposition asking the actor to not portray a person who is a supporter of the Sri Lankan government that was responsible for killing thousands of Tamils and treating them as minorities in the country.

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