Sona Mohapatra has never been afraid to express her opinions. When she called Salman Khan out for his comments while he was promoting Sultan in 2016, Sona recalled that she had “really sh*t coming in dabbas into her studio.”
Salman had earlier claimed that he felt like a “raped woman” following the arduous Sultan filming. Despite his father Salim Khan’s apologised for the statement, Salman remained silent. Sona recently disclosed to ETimes that she had received threats to her life after speaking out against Salman’s remark.
Sona reported that after criticising Salman Khan for his remarks, she was subjected to the most horrifying, horrible trolling, including death threats and having real dabbas come into her studio. After a two-month procedure, Sona Mohapatra received horrifying threats, prompting the Minister of Women and Child Development to issue a statement in which she announced the introduction of the hashtag “I am being trolled” to increase the safety of women and children online.
Sona disclosed that she had been transformed onto porn websites and that she had been threatened with group rape every day. Sona claimed that this wasn’t just the actor’s supporters doing it; rather, it was a coordinated digital army. Although it is encouraging a culture of intimidation and bullying online and further scaring women away from being online in that public space, she claimed that it was deliberate. Because so many paid bots were joining the game, she decided to play it aggressively.
For the unversed, at the time, Sona had also mentioned, “Women thrashed, people run over, wild life massacred and yet #hero of the nation. ‘Unfair’. India full of such supporters. Heard that Salman tried to retract his statement after saying it indicating some self-awareness of how wrong it was. Saying sorry won’t hurt. Dear idol of millions, Getting your father to say sorry everyday isn’t good enough. Teach your fans something good for a change?#India.”
Aryan Jakhar works as an Editor-in-Chief at The Shining Media. Also, he is an editor at YouthPolitician (digital media situated in Taiwan). He writes his opinions on social issues at YouthKiAwaaz and also on his blogger website.