BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: At least 2,500 individuals and 60 organisations including Bollywood celebrities such as Anurag Kashyap, Gauri Shinde and Zoya Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor have penned an open letter to the media condemning the vilification and witch-hunt of actor Rhea Chakraborty, who is in Byculla jail in connection to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. Rhea, Sushant’s girlfriend, has been arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for allegedly procuring drugs for Sushant.
The letter has been addressed to the media of India and begins with a question: “We, are worried about you. Are you feeling ok?”
“We know you can be different – because we have seen you be kind and respectful to the Salman Khans and Sanjay Dutts of this world, urging us to think of their families, fans and careers. But, when it comes to a young woman who has not even been proven to commit any crime, you have assassinated her character, egged an online mob on demonise her and her family, fuelled wrongful demands and called her arrest your victory,” the open letter states.
The signatories of the open letter said the news media chose to “endlessly violate her privacy and work overtime on false accusations and moralistic innuendo for a drama of ‘Rhea ko phasao‘”.
When Rhea was summoned before NCB at its Mumbai office, the actress was mobbed by sea of media reporters.
Visuals showed how Rhea wearing a mask, struggled to make her way through the crowd to enter the investigating agency’s office amid huge security. However, the crowd did not maintain the COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing norms, which are being criticised on social media.