Actor Siddharth has been booked by Hyderabad Police for his derogatory comment on Olympic champion Saina Nehwal. He has been receiving backlash for his “sexist and misogynistic” tweet from many activists. The actor issued an open letter apologising for his inappropriate “wordplay”.
After actor Siddharth posted a derogatory comment on Twitter about the Olympic Bronze-medallist and Badminton player Saina Nehwal, he received critical backlash from many activists for being sexist and misogynist.
He has been booked by Hyderabad Police for his “rude” comment against Saina Nehwal under Sections 509 of the Indian Penal Code and 67 of the Information Technology Act. Further, an investigation also has been put up and Siddharth will be sent a notice.
While speaking with the ANI, KVM Prasad, Additional DCP, Cyber Crime Wing, Detective Department, Hyderabad said, “A woman named Prerna approached Cyber Crime Wing and lodged a complaint against actor Sidharth for his sexist remarks against shuttler Saina Nehwal on Twitter.”
The actor had reposted a tweet on January 6 made by the sportswoman about the negligence and security breach of PM Narendra Modi during his visit in Punjab. Since then, Siddharth has been embodied in the controversy.
The National Commission For Women (NCW) also expressed its condemnation over his comment saying it was, “misogynist and outrageous to the modesty of a woman amounting to disrespect and insult to the dignity of women on social media platforms.” The National Commission for Women Chief asked the grievance officer of Twitter India to discontinue the actor’s account for his unacceptable remarks over the shuttler. The commission also seeks action against the actor over his comments on news anchor Navika Kumar.
After the entire fiasco, actor Siddharth issued an open-letter to apologise to Nehwal for his inappropriate “word play” and “humour” saying any harm to her dignity and modesty was unintentional. The actor clarified in his apology that, “cock and bull, nothing disrespectful was intended.”
He wrote, “Sorry about a joke that didn’t land. I, however, must insist my word play and humour had none of the malicious intent that so many people from all quarters have attributed to it. I am a staunch feminist ally and I assure there was no gender implied in my tweet and certainly no intent to attack you as a woman. I hope we can put this behind us and that you will accept my letter. You will always be my Champion. “