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Sona Mohapatra recalls getting ”gang rape” threats for criticising Salman Khan

Sona Mohapatra opening up about receiving death and rape threats after she criticised Bollywood actor Salman Khan. In 2019, Salman Khan had said that Priyanka left the ‘biggest film of her career’ to marry singer-actor Nick Jonas.

“Usually people leave their husbands for this,” he had said in 2019. She had then tweeted, “@priyankachopra has better things to do in life, real men to hang out with and more importantly, girls to inspire with her journey. ”

Sona said, “I had gone through the most hideous trolling, including death threats and literally shit being delivered in dabbas (lunch boxes) in my studio, because I had called out Salman Khan for his misogyny and statements. My statements had gone viral.”

She added that it continued for two months and the Minister of Women and Child Welfare had to launch a campaign for better safety of women and children online. Sona further recalled her pics being morphed onto porn sites and receiving ‘gang rape threats’.

“It was horrible. And then we realised it was a consolidated digital army that was not necessarily just made up of fans. It further scared away women from being online. It was premeditated. There were a lot of paid bots that were in this whole game. I decided to take it up head on and it was horrible for my family,” she added.

Sona, who is currently gearing up for the release of her documentary, Shut up Sona, which releases July 1 on ZEE5, said that it was exhausting to deal with constant negativity. “You’ll see a lot of those swollen looks in my documentary, Shut Up Sona… But it is still worth going through because it does slowly change the conversations,” Sona said.

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