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Alia Bhatts sister Shaheen shares screenshots of threats received after Sushant Singh Rajputs death

Shaheen and Alia Bhatt

Shaheen and Alia Bhatt

After actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on June 14, a number of celebrities have been trolled and bullied targeted online by fans in anger or over a debate on nepotism. More often than not, this bullying has taken an ugly turn. Actress Alia Bhatts sister Shaheen has revealed that she received rape and death threats after Sushants death.

Sharing screenshots of the hateful messages, she has been receiving after actor Sushants suicide, Shaheen wrote on her Instagram story wrote, Does this surprise you? Why? It doesn’t surprise me.

Through a seven page story, Shaheen expressed her concerns about safety of the women in India. She wrote India is considered the world’s most dangerous country for sexual violence against women. Rape is one of the most common crimes in India. A woman is raped every 15 minutes. In India, 70% of women are victims of domestic violence. Every 9 minutes an act of cruelty is committed by a husband or a relative of the husband. Every third woman suffers sexual or physical violence at home. Also, The Global Youth Online Behaviour Survey conducted by Microsoft ranked India third in cyberbullying, with 53% of the respondents, mainly children admitting to have experienced online bullying. About 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17%) are residents of India.

Shaheen further wrote, We live in a country that seems to relish nothing more than rendering people powerless. A country that relishes ?putting people in their place? or showing them their aukat. And who better to put in their place than a womanA country where rather than being raised on empathy, most people are raised with the explicit permission to hate. A country where a woman is either your mother, your sister, your wife or a whore. A country where not just men, but women feel like the worst thing you can call another woman is a slut.

Because what better way to render a woman powerless than to make her ashamed of being a woman. Ashamed of being herself. Because if she weren’t a woman would she still be debased, humiliated and threatened with violence and violation every day? Would she so casually be robbed of her security and sense of agency

You see. It’s genius. You abuse her. Yet, you try to convince her the problem is her. Not you.

And somehow everyone is surprised that a woman is raped every 15 minutes in India. Really? Why? I’m not. But like Hannah Gadsby says, To be rendered powerless does not destroy your humanity. Your resilience is your humanity. The only people who lose their humanity are those who believe they have the right to render another human being powerless. They are the weak.

I wondered for days whether or not this was something I should address. I debated whether it was worth the effort it would take because ugh, why waste time and even 1% of mental processor power on this.

But then I realised, if I believe that the world should be a place in which women can feel safe and exist without being constantly threatened, sexualised or subjected sexist/misogynistic slurs with the sole intent to humiliate them – if I believe women should be treated like HUMANS.

Then that’s a world I have to help create.

And in order to create that world I have to draw boundaries in my own life and pursue action no matter how annoying or time consuming or downright sad it is.

Shaheen later warned the senders that if the bullying continued she will report them and take legal actions against them in the accord.

So, I speak now to those of you who think it’s okay to send me or anyone messages full of hate:

If you send me a message with the sole hope (I say hope because I promise you – nothing you say is keeping me up at night) of humiliating, insulting, or bullying me, then the following things will happen:

– The messages or comments will first be blocked and reported to Instagram directly.

– You will forfeit the right to your privacy. I will NOT protect your identity. Every shitty message you send me will – should Í choose to- go up for everyone to see. Abusers are emboldened by their anonymity. will not help hide you.

– I WILL use all legal recourse available to me to take action. If you think you can’t be located because your account is anonymous, please think again – IP addresses are easily trackable.

You are not invisible. Harassment is a crime, she wrote.

Shaheen also blamed Instagram policies of zero tolerance of being inactive during such situation. To @INSTAGRAM – you have zero tolerance policies for a lot of the content that people put up on your platform – I think it’s fair to say that misogynistic slurs, intended to subdue and oppress *should* fall under the umbrella of your zero tolerance community guidelines. “But if you don’t want to receive abusive message turn off your message requests”. “Tired of being called a bitch in your comments Turn off your comments.Asking me to change the way I use a platform because of someone else’s hatred and misogyny is the equivalent of telling me that if I go out at night and get assaulted “I was asking for it”.I should not have to change the way I use a platform if someone is being abusive. They should. Full stop.

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BREAKING: Nitin Gadkari dropped from BJP’s most powerful body ‘Parliamentary Board’

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

In a major organisational shuffle, the BJP on Wednesday dropped the names of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from the party’s highest organisation body – ‘Parliamentary Board.’

The names of former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Sarbananda Sonowal, Iqbal Singh Lalpura, Satyanarayan Jatiya, K Lakshman, and Sudha Yadav have been included in the party’s parliamentary board.

While Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Om Mathur and Bhupender Yadav have been made members of BJP’s Central Election Committee, Union Minister Shahnawaz Hussain’s name has been dropped from the same.

Also read: India’s biggest tribal health project launched in Nagpur; over 10,000 to be screen across Vidarbha

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Raju Shrivastava struggles for life, continues to be unconscious for 48 hours

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
Popular stand-up comedian Raju Shrivastava suffered a mild heart attack on Wednesday morning while working out at a gym in New Delhi.

Raju Shrivastava

India’s leading stand-up comedian Raju Shrivastava has not regained consciousness for past 48 hours as he has been struggling for life at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi.

He was admitted to the hospital, after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest while running on the treadmill in a gym on Wednesday. His condition remains to be critical as his brain has got damaged due to the heart attack. He underwent angioplasty, after which he hasn’t regained consciousness till now.

Comedian Ahsaan Qurehshi said, “The doctors have asked to wait and watch as he is under observation in the ICU. A few hours ago, the doctors shared that Raju made some slight movements but his brain isn’t functioning completely and is unresponsive.”

The 59-year-old comedian suffered a mild heart attack on Wednesday morning while working out at a gym in New Delhi. His team confirmed the same while saying, “Raju sir suffered a mild heart attack while working out. He is admitted to AIIMS, but he is doing fine. He is conscious.”

Reportedly Raju felt uncomfortable and collapsed while running on a treadmill in a South Delhi gym. He was immediately rushed to AIIMS.

Also read: Chandrashekhar Bawankule appointed as new Maharashtra BJP Chief

 
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Ranveer Singh nude photoshoot: Complaint filed against actor for ‘hurting sentiments of women’

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Mumbai
Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh recently broke the internet when pictures of his nude photoshoot for a magazine surfaced on social media.

A complaint has been filed with Mumbai Police against Ranveer Singh due to his nude photoshoot

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh recently broke the internet when pictures of his nude photoshoot for a magazine surfaced on social media. While many criticized the actor for the photoshoot, several celebs and netizens came in support of Ranveer’s bold move.

It is now being reported that a complaint has been filed against the actor with Mumbai Police for ‘hurting sentiments of women’ with the photoshoot.

A part of the complaint read, “Last week, we saw many nude photographs were clicked in such a manner that any make or female will feel ashamed about it.”

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The complains further read: “These kinds of acts should be opposed strongly, as it is not being opposed then second and third rank actors will also follow the same path for getting cheap publicity which will result in a worst condition. This act of the accused person created shame in the eyes of the women at large and publishing and transmitting sexually explicit material.”

The complaint has been filed against Ranveer under section 67A of the IT Act along with sections 292, 293, 354 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code for hurting sentiments and insult the modesty of women.

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