An Indian Actress Filed A Police Report In Response To Online Harassment.
Iexclusive News Nigeria report that a 25-year-old actress from West Bengal, India, has filed a complaint with the Kolkata Police Department, stating that she has been bombarded with online hate comments because of her “dusky skin tone.”
Shruti Das, who made her debut in Bengali serial “Trinayani” in 2019, said she had been stigmatized for her skin tone for the past two years, but she couldn’t take it any longer as the attacks became more personal.
According to the popular Bengali television actress, she has been called “Blackboard” and “Kalindi.”
“When we worship Kali and Krishna [Indian deities] who both are dark complexioned but we cannot accept a heroine who is not of fair skin. I was surprised to find that one girl from Katwa posted some comments on the verified facebook page of the channel I am working for. This has been happening for the last two years and I felt that there should be a protest to this. So, I lodged a complaint with the Kolkata police and I believe that action will be initiated,” Das said.
“The trolls accused me of manipulating my partner, who is a director, to get this role. They claim it would otherwise have been impossible for a dusky person like me to get such a chance,”
Das said initially, everyone around asked her to ignore the trolls, and so she did. But it simply got more savage with time.
“I am in a steady relationship with the director of my first TV serial ‘Trinayani’, and the hate brigade, after getting to know that, has been making distasteful remarks, questioning my character and my talent. I thought if I take it lying down any further, it would only give them more reasons to continue with this hatred,” said the actress, who now plays the lead in ‘Desher Maati’
“Since childhood, I have been facing such abusive comments because of my dusky colour. I always wanted to be an actress and worked really hard to achieve this place. But people still abuse me because of my skintone. They also feel I have made some compromises to bag a role or forced someone to cast me,” Shruti added.
The Indian actress was urged to email the facts to the Kolkata Police’s cyber department after tagging them on Facebook to attract notice to the abusive comments directed at her.
The matter is being investigated, according to a senior police official.
“The cyber cell of the Kolkata Police has received an email from actor Shruti Das regarding the online abuse that she had been facing because of her dusky skin tone. The actor, in her complaint, has said she had been receiving such hatred since 2019. She has also attached screenshots of the social media comments,” the officer said.
Ms Das added that her skin tone had become a talking point in the industry, with some production units claiming that she wouldn’t have gotten her second job if she hadn’t been given the correct kind of cosmetics and presentation in the first serial.
She made the point that she wasn’t the first actress to be chastised because of her skin color.
“Some of my seniors, who are now household names, have gone through similar predicaments for their complexion,” Ms Das claimed.
In a country like India, where the majority of the population is brown, Parno Mitra, a film and television actor, believes it is a tragedy that people are targeted for their skin tone.
“With the advertising world, media and film industries having glorified light skin colour for so long, it is but natural that this prejudice against skin colour still exists. Often, we are told to put on makeup in a way that would make our skin tone a few shades lighter. I usually avoid too much makeup,” Parno Mitra said.
Director Swarnendu Samaddar, who is dating Ms Das, said he has tried to shut down the trolls on social media several times but has had little success.
“Looks alone cannot ensure success in the industry. Talent matters more than anything else. Not just Shruti, there are several others who have made a name for themselves by sheer dint of talent. Trolls keep making offensive remarks with no regard for an individual’s sentiments. Strong action should be initiated against them,” he said
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