Priyanka Chopra’s cousin and actress Meera Chopra became the target of trolls and had to face vulgar comments for not knowing Telugu actor Jr.NTR. Meera hosted a ‘Ask Meera’ session on twitter where she answered a bunch of questions asked by fans. But one such question brought her under the wrath of Jr.NTR fans who crossed the line and abused her online.
Meera was about her favourite actor from the south film industry, to which she said Mahesh Babu. Then somebody asked her if she liked Junior NTR, and she answered that she doesn’t know him. And that was it. Soon after Meera replied, she started receiving vulgar messages and threats of gang rape, acid attack and more.
“As soon as I said that, I was bombarded with abuses, murder threats, rape threats, character assassination and threats against my parents. Some morphed my face with porn actors. I’ve got close to 30,000 abusive tweets so far” Meera said.
Upset and agitated with the abusive tweets, Meera tweeted to Hyderabad police for help. She had also tweeted to the National Commission for Women (NCW) about the abusive comments and threats. Commission Chairperson Rekha Sharma responded by urging Telangana police to act.
And now, the Hyderabad police has registered a case against the fans of Jr.NTR who sent disturbing messages to Meera Chopra. A case has been registered under Indian Penal Code's sections 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman) and section 67 of the Information Technology Act, as informed by Assistant Commissioner of Police K.V.N. Prasad. The process of identifying the accused is underway.
Meera thanked the NCW and Rekha Sharma for the immediate help. She tweeted: "Safety of women is always compromised but we get our support and strength from people like u.”