Popular TV anchor gets 2000 threat calls

Hosting a TV debate turned out to be a nightmare for a noted Malayalam anchor on Asianet News TV.Going into details, a popular anchor Sindhu Sooryakumar received over 2,000 abusive calls on her mobile allegedly from activists and sympathizers of various pro-Hindutva groups, accusing her of calling Durga a sex worker during the show, which was a discussion on whether celebrating Mahishashura Jayanthi could be considered an act of treason.

Sindhu Sooryakumar
Sindhu Sooryakumar

Sindhu’s phone number was circulated on certain WhatsApp groups following which angry speech of criticism of verbal abuse began against her. During the media interaction, Sindu said, “I have been getting a call every minute. The main allegation is that I abused Durga, calling her a sex worker. Most of the abusers called me a prostitute and abused me. Some threatened me while others didn’t even know what the charge was. I got a call this morning from someone asking whether I was Durga. Another person called me sometime ago, saying I had posted something against Durga on Facebook, and that he wanted to abuse me for that.”

Five people have been arrested so far regarding the case, following a complaint by Sindu. All of those arrested belong to the various pro-Hindutva groups including Sri Ram Sena.

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