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Vilification campaign against woman actor in India

14-9-2020

For months, India’s media channels have systematically targeted young Bollywood actress, Rhea Chakraborty, alleging she was after the death of her ex-boyfriend, fellow actor, Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, when she lured him into drug use, primarily the consumption of cannabis, and to black magic. Some described the media frenzy as a Tv “witch hunt” driven by sexism. Indian celebrities demanded justice for Rhea through launching the hashtag #JusticeForRhea on instagram, while some actresses criticized what they called the belligerent “media circus”. For her part, feminist activist Vandita Morarka said it is “total vilification of a young woman”, describing what is happening as “extremely unfair and very misogynist.” (An Nahar, September 12, 2020)

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