A Malayalam TV journalist has received 2,000 threat calls after she moderated a debate show on whether celebrating Mahishasur Jayanti could be considered an act of treason.
Sindhu Sooryakumar has complained of receiving 2,000 threat calls since she moderated the discussion on Kerala’s Asianet News channel.
In her police complaint, Sooryakumar said that she received these calls from right-wing elements, who accused her of calling Durga a sex worker during the show.
“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,” she told the Indian Express.
The journalist, chief coordinating editor with the channel, said that it was one of the guests, V V Rajesh, BJP’s general secretary, who had called Durga a sex worker while quoting the HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s speech in the parliament.
The police has arrested five people so far in this connection, while the hunt for others is currently underway.
All the arrested belong to the RSS and the BJP.