Odisha actress files complaint against web portal for cyber bullying
Bhubaneswar: Actress Prakruti Mishra, who fell prey to cyber bullying after posting a brand endorsement photograph recently, has finally come out to give the wrongdoers a tit-for-tat. She lodged a complaint with Mancheswar police against web portal ‘New Odiya One’ last evening alleging harassment and defamation.
In the complaint, the National Film Award winner stated that with an intention to malice her image, the web channel wrongfully created unethical stories further leading to disrespectful comments about her family and closed ones.
“This sort of deliberate and intentional insult against me and my family is going to have an adverse effect on my career. Due to such derogatory act by a section of unscrupulous people, we are receiving phone calls and being harassed by people. This has also put my parents under enormous psychological stress,” she stated in the FIR.
Prakruti, who was recently seen in MTV reality show ‘Ace of Space 2’ and played lead role in Hindi daily soap ‘Bitti Business Wali’, further contended, ” being a professional actor, endorsement and collaboration with brand is part of my work portfolio. It is unlawful on the part of the local news portal to circulate wrongful and misleading information about me or my family. This propaganda of defamation and harassment is a threat to my hard-earned reputation and most importantly my mental health.”
The actress requested the police to take appropriate steps for investigation under IT Act/Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the owner and other erring staff of the channel.
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Few days back, I was a victim To cyber bullying after posting a brand endorsement photograph on my social media. Many of us, celebrities, irrespective of our gender, face vicious cyber attacks on personal level which sometime drag our families as well. These type of attacks sometimes turn into real threats causing a great deal of mental agony and harm to individuals and there families. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and personally show my gratitude to Odisha Cyber Crime Department, the Commissionerate of Police-Bhubaneswar, DCP-Bhubaneshwar, DG Police-Odisha, IIC- Mancheswar Police Station-Bhubaneswar for helping me and my family during this trying period, where we were going through mental depression for all the fake stories and unethical comments that were pouring in on my social media accounts and other news portals. Cyber bullying is not acceptable if it is happening with u also, Please speak up and expose those people taking the help of police and other law enforcement agencies which will help you to protect your fundamental rights. I am an actor by profession and my identity is not my father’s name when it comes my professional life. It’s the duty of an actor to get associated with brands and endorse them legally and lawfully. I have lodged a FIR against the news portal and every individual who came up to harass me and my family unethically. I hope this step of mine will help journalists, individuals and news portals to start creating an environment of positivity and not spread negative, misleading information! P.S- IF MY INNOCENT PARENTS ARE DRAGGED IN UNNECESSARILY ANY FURTHER, I WONT STOP MYSELF FROM TAKING BIGGER ACTIONS! Also thanks to my friends, my team @signature24productions, my fans for keeping me morally stable during this hard time. @cpbbsrctc #prakrutimishra #stopcyberbullying
She also took to her Instagram handle and shared photocopy of the FIR copy. Captioning it, Prakruti said, “cyber bullying is not acceptable. If it is happening with you, please speak up and expose those people taking help of police and other law enforcement agencies.I hope this step of mine will help journalists, individuals and news portals create an environment of positivity and not spread negative, misleading information! ”