In yet another case of harassment on social media, a Sandalwood actor has said that she was at the receiving end of lewd messages online.
Actor Sangeetha Bhat, who has worked in films including Preethi Geethi Ityaadi, Mamu Tea Angadi and Eradane Sala, took to Facebook recently, to call out the harassment she faced online.
In her Facebook post, actor Sangeetha said that she received several messages from an a user on Instagram, asking to share her nude photos. The actor also posted a screenshot of the harasser's Instagram profile, which incidentally, is a profile on a woman's name.
"I get msgs from this account saying send me bikini pics ,actress are b****s so show me Ur naked pics . ...I have blocked this and reported it to Instagram this person with the same name is on FB too....I'm just wondering how can some girl msg another girl this....I don't know if that profile is real or fake but someone should take an action this is not how actors should be treated...we are human beings too..." Sangeetha wrote.
While several users who commented on her Facebook post urged her to file a police complaint and not merely report the user on Instagram, there were some users who asked the actor to ignore the harassment and "concentrate" on her work instead.
Deccan Chronicle reports that the actor has approached the police in this regard. According to the report, Sangeetha has filed a complaint with the Cyber Crime police.
Sangeetha made her film debut with Preethi Geethi Ityaadi in 2014, after a successful stint with tele-serials.
This is not the first instance where a celebrity had to seek legal action against harassment on social media. Recently, Kannada actor Sruthi Hariharan met Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Praveen Sood to file a complaint against people uploading morphed photos of her and other actors on social media.
According to The Times of India, some people had created a fake profile in the actor's name and were sharing morphed images.