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Rhea Chakraborty Has Been Receiving A Tirade Of Abuses And Rape Threats. Why Do We Always Threaten Women With Sexual Violence?

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It’s been a month to Sushant Sigh Rajput’s tragic demise. I remember the shock that went through me when I first heard the news, it was unbelievable. He was the perfect example of someone living the dream. But, I guess you can’t always tell what’s going on behind the smiles and the friendly nature. His death, however, proved to be quite a storm starter. It opened the gates to some very difficult conversations. Ones that we refused to acknowledge- like mental health and the dark side of Bollywood. 

Here’s the thing though, no one knows exactly what he went through for him to take such a drastic step. There have been many controversies and many theories about what went down, but the truth is we may never know. Look, his death affected all in a very unexpected way but what led to that is not really our business. I mean, just because he was a public figure doesn’t make his life public property. Was he really depressed? Did Bollywood ostracize him because he was an outsider? Did he really lose all those movies to nepotism? These are questions we no one has answers to and that’s okay. 

Do you know what’s not okay? Pinning his death on someone, abusing them online, harassing them, threatening their lives and doing it all in the name of justice. 

Yes, I am talking about Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty. After his death, Rhea has been receiving waves of social media hate. People have called a murderer, blamed her for happened to Sushant, slut-shamed her and called her a gold-digger. But today, she shared a screenshot of a DM she received which was thoroughly disgusting and crossed a line. Heck, people have been ignoring the diktats of civility for a while now but this behaviour is absolutely abhorrent.  

Also Read: Rhea Chakraborty Breaks Her Silence On Sushant Singh Rajput’s Death. Netizens Spew Hate. This Is Awful

In the DM, the Instagram user, and at first glance it looks like the profile of a woman, told Rhea to commit suicide otherwise she would have her raped and murdered. Along with the message, Rhea has penned a strong-worded message and urged the Mumbai Police Cyber Cell to take action. 

The caption, that accompanied the screenshot, read, “I was called a gold digger ..I kept quiet I was called a murderer…I kept quiet I was slut-shamed…I kept quiet But how does my silence give you the right to tell me that you will get me RAPED and MURDERED if I don’t commit suicide @mannu_raaut ? Do you realize the seriousness of what you have said? These are crimes, and by law no one, I repeat NO ONE should be subjected to this kind of toxicity and harassment. I request @cyber_crime_helpline @cybercrimeindia to please take necessary action. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.”  

Congratulations, we have now stooped down to a level where a woman is threatening to get another woman raped. Also, why is that every time a woman is threatened for anything the first thing she is threatened with is rape? I understand men doling out rape and murder threats to women, for literally just existing, because their masculinity seems tied to sexual prowess but a woman doing that to another woman? It’s a new low. Does anyone see the problem here? We jump to sexual violence at the drop of a hat.

No one needs to subjected to this kind of cyberbullying under any circumstances. Just because a person is a public figure, doesn’t mean you get to question then accuse then threaten them for their personal choices. Rhea is not to be blamed for what happened to her partner, why should she be harassed like this? 

Just hours after she shared this post filled with outrage, she took to Instagram once again to post an adorable picture of Sushant. Through that post, she tagged Home Minister Amit Shah and requested a CBI inquiry into his death. Oh also, she just confirmed their relationship. I wish I could say I was surprised though.  

The caption of that post read, “Respected @amitshahofficial sir, I’m Sushant Singh Rajputs girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, it is now over a month since his sudden demise. I have complete faith in the government, however, in the interest of justice, I request you with folded hands to initiate a CBI enquiry into this matter. I only want to understand what pressures prompted Sushant to take this step. Yours sincerely Rhea Chakraborty”  

Well, this is something no one saw coming. Hopefully, this will take some of the social media heat off Rhea. 

Although seriously, why are we so bitter?

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