Multi-lingual actor launches campaign against troll vandalism
Multi-lingual actor Prakash Raj and Mysore-Kodagu BJP MP Pratap Simha. DH File photo
Multi-lingual actor Prakash Raj has slapped a legal notice on Mysuru-Kodagu BJP MP Pratap Simha for making defamatory statements against him on social media.
The actor has also launched a campaign on troll vandalism with the hashtag # troll vandalism.
He said, "Simha posted statements terming me as a villain in real life and claimed I was running behind a dancer when my wife was grieving the death of our five-year-old son. He said that I change my name and identity according to my convenience. These posts have deeply hurt me. I have decided to slap a legal notice on him as there should be an end to such trolls," Raj told reporters on Thursday.
"Simha is a serial offender. He even made derogatory remarks when late H S Mahadeva Prasad's wife Geetha contested the by-election to the Gundlupet Assembly constituency," he said.
Prakash Raj clarified that he didn't want any money from the MP as compensation.
"Simha should apologise in public for his posts. He should confess that he committed a mistake and remove posts from all his social media accounts," he said.
"I will resort to criminal action against Simha if he doesn't respond to my notice," the actor said.
To a question, Raj clarified, "It's a notice by an individual against an individual. I am not targeting any political party, group or leader."
The actor stated that trolling was common in all political parties and groups. Trolling influenced, instigated and provoked innocent people and a movement was needed against such activities.
On the controversy surrounding Hindi movie Padmavati, he said: "Everybody has a right to protest, but I am concerned about the way in which protests are being organised. Statements like cutting the nose, beheading artistes and chopping off a finger for pointing fingers at Modi are terrifying."
"Four states have banned the release and screening of Padmavati before the Supreme Court can take a call on the issue. Even challenging the Supreme Court is a dangerous development," he said.
Prakash Raj said he wasn't terrorised by such trolls, but wanted to be a voice for those who were victims of troll vandalism.