Mumbai/Patna: Rape threats. abuses. and now Bhojpuri songs. Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s “loyal” fans have gone out of their way to “punish” Rhea Chakraborty for his death.
A quick glance at social media in the days following Rajput’s suicide in June will show how his fans have already declared that Rhea Chakraborty is responsible for his untimely demise.
On July 25, the late actor’s family lodged an FIR against her for abetting his suicide; an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation is currently ongoing. Yet, India has already declared a verdict, and the concept of “Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat” (innocent until proven guilty) has ceased to hold meaning. According to Sushant’s apparent fans, Rhea is guilty. In the last few days, every action by Rhea has been scrutinised and reported in mainstream media, her clothes have been judged, her words have been dissected over and over again to find a hidden meaning which could indicate that she is indeed the reason for the Bollywood actor’s death.
Misogynists, clearly lacking in even an ounce of common sense, have analysed and declared that Rhea’s behaviour post Sushant’s death is not that of an innocent person and therefore, she is not.
Not just that, Rhea Chakraborty has also received rape threats. Because in India, every time a woman does something that does not quite sit well with the society that is ever-ready to vilify her, the only way to shut her up is by threatening her with abuse, rape and harassment.
And now, several Bhojpuri songs abusing Rhea have gone viral on social media. The songs, sung by local singers, are just that – full of filthy language and abusive; so abusive that we couldn’t hold on till the end.