The Cyber Crime Department of Kolkata Police has arrested a journalist named Shuvam Chakraborty hailing from Galsi, Bardhaman, for attributing a fake quote to the Dil Bechara actress Swastika Mukherjee in a news story posted on his website. This department has also arrested a Hoogly based resident named Koushik Das for giving rape and acid attack threat to Swastika through social media.
Swastika confirmed this news through her verified Facebook account last Friday. This won’t be the 1st time that social media has been misused to pursue a personal vendetta.
“On June 26, days after my co-actor in the upcoming movie Dil Bechara Sushant Singh Rajput`s tragic death, there was a media report that falsely quoted me saying that suicides are now in fashion. Following this, there were fierce online attacks on me, including rape and death threats”.
Swastika further added on her post,
“I would like to inform you that the person behind the fake news posted on www.smritinews.in, Shuvam Chakraborty from Galsi, Bardhaman, Bengal has been arrested by the Kolkata Cyber Crime Department. He has accepted that he carried the false quote on the news portal and circulated it on social media”.
“Along with this, Koushik Das from Hooghly, who had sent me acid attack and rape threats based on this fake news, has also been arrested. Both of them have surrendered in court,” said Swastika, adding: “Many of us, irrespective of our gender, face vicious cyber-attacks which can sometimes snowball into real threats. At the least, this causes a great deal of mental agony and harm to the individuals and their families. I would urge people to muster courage and report such situations to law enforcement.”
Swastika concluded her post with the words that read,
“Cyberbullying is not acceptable. Rape threats, acid attack threats are heinous crime and it needs to be addressed. It’s time people think before attacking someone because there will be repercussions. Thank you KOLKATA POLICE Kolkata cyber crime department for taking such prompt action”.
Have a look at her post below: