Pooja Bhatt Reveals She Has Received Rape And Death Threats On Instagram

"Instagram seems to have become a place where people anonymously and otherwise use their access to hurl abuse," wrote Pooja Bhatt.

Ria Das
Aug 22, 2020 10:19 IST
Pooja Bhatt rape threats

Actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt made her Instagram account private after she became a victim of cyberbullying. She revealed that she has been receiving abusive messages, including rape and death threats, hence the decision.


Claiming that people are threatening and hurling abuse at her, Pooja shared, “I don’t have the time, energy or interest in hating the haters; I am too busy loving the lovers.”

Haters goaded her to 'go die'

Bhatt wrote a long note from her Instagram account and revealed that she has been facing abuse on the social media platform. Pooja also said that she is too busy loving people rather than spreading negativity. “This has to be said. Instagram seems to have become a place where people anonymously & otherwise use their access to hurl abuse, threaten rape and goad you to ‘go die’. I used to ignore this sort of talk as I always believed that only people who are in pain themselves want to hurt another and also if you accept love, you must accept criticism too," she further wrote.


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In her post, she opined that staying away from such repeated offenders was the best option for her mental wellbeing.

What You Should Know

  • Pooja Bhatt says she has received abusive messages, rape and death threats on Instagram.
  • Filmmaker Pooja Bhatt has now made her Instagram account private.
  • She claimed that haters told her to 'go die'

"But is someone wishing you and your family death, constructive criticism, or just an attempt at vile cyberbullying? I have been advised to turn off all comments but by doing that you block out all the positive, well-meaning constructive feedback as well. Why should I push back the people who give me good vibes for the ones that only spew venom towards people in general? But what I have done now is make my account private. You want access to my world? Make a request (sic),” she added.

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Raising a complaint doesn't work

Sharing the same views on her Twitter account, the producer wrote, "People threatening violence/hurling abuse, suggesting you die seems to have become a norm on Instagram, when reported, Instagram mostly responds saying that the conduct does not go against their guidelines & suggests you block them. Twitter has far better standards/guidelines."

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Bhatt's family has been receiving a lot of hatred from people in the wake of actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death. A few days ago, Pooja’s sister Shaheen Bhatt had also revealed that she had been receiving death threats online. 48-year-old Pooja will soon be seen in the upcoming movie Sadak 2, which stars Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur and her sister Alia Bhatt, and is directed by her father Mahesh Bhatt.

Feature Image Credit: Deccan Chronicle

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