Sonam Kapoor, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap & others sign an open letter condemning media’s vilification of Rhea Chakraborty
After Rhea Chakraborty’s arrest by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), in relation to the drug conspiracy in Sushant Singh Rajput‘s death case, many, including Bollywood celebrities have signed an open letter addressed to the media. The letter condemns the coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case and especially highlights vilification of Rhea Chakraborty.
The letter was published on a blog called Feminist Voices. And it includes signatories like, Anurag Kashyap, Gauri Shinde, Zoya Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor and around 2500 others. The letter has also been endorsed by 60 organisations.
The letter starts with, “Dear News Media of India, We, are worried about you. Are you feeling ok? Because, as we watch your witch-hunt of Rhea Chakraborty, we cannot understand why you have abandoned every professional ethic of journalism, every tenet of human decency and dignity and chosen instead to physically assault a young woman with your camera crews, endlessly violate her privacy and work Overtime on false accusations and moralistic innuendo for a drama of ‘Rhea ko phasao’.”
It further reads, “You have been obsessed with creating only one narrative: a young woman who makes her own decisions, who lives with her boyfriend without marriage and who speaks up for herself instead of acting like a damsel in distress, has a morally dubious character, and is to be considered a criminal at any cost, without investigation, without the process of law and respect for her rights.”
The letter ends with a request to the media to end the ‘witch hunt’, “We write to ask you, the news media, to stop this unfair witch hunt of Rhea Chakraborty and to stop fuelling moral polarities of good women to be deified and bad women to be crucified which endangers all women.”
Meanwhile, Rhea was arrested by the NCB under sections 89(c), 20(b), 27(a), 28 and 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS). The actress will be in judicial custody till September 22.