Kannada actress Samyuktha Hegde ‘morally policed’ for wearing sportswear to a public place

Kannada actress Samyuktha Hegde ‘morally policed’ for wearing sportswear to a public place

The actress said, “I was extremely disappointed with how the police who came to the location behaved, like nothing was wrong and spoke to her with respect while asked us to be quiet.”

Actress Samyuktha Hegde was attacked on the grounds of “moral policing” on Saturday. Hegde alleged thatshe and her friends were assaulted by a stranger for wearing gym outfits in a public place.

A woman by the name Kavitha Reddy was accused of moral policing, abusing as well physical assault for the puny thought of sporting gym wear in a public area. She was joined in with other onlooking men for moral policing the women. Hedge recorded the complete incident on her Instagram live and wrote about it on the same app as well. A man was also seen threatening Samyuktha that he will lie to the media that she was allegedly doing drugs. Reddy had called the police to book Hedge and her friends on the grounds of public indecency.

In her Instagram Post she penned, “After being in a democracy and following all the norms of social distancing, we were abused and ridiculed by Kavitha Reddy and the mob in Agara Lake for practicing our hula-hoop while wearing sportswear. Despite being polite and trying to solve the problem, the lady hit my friend and used disparaging remarks about me and my friends.”

I was extremely disappointed with how the police who came to the location behaved, like nothing was wrong and spoke to her with respect while asked us to be quiet. The cops stood there while her mob harassed us and even after requesting the police continuously, they decided to stand there and support this (proof on IGTV). Yesterday was really hard and it was so disturbing to go through this. We wrote the complaint and gave it to the police. The police present there refused to give us an acknowledgement for the same. It’s not easy being strong around people who are trying to break you, and having to listen to so many people harass us for doing nothing. THIS IS JUST WRONG,” she ended.

The videos showcased the whole incident. There was even a segment, where Reddy can be seen advancing and physically assaulting one of the actress‘ friends.

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Video 1 and 2, you can see the lady clearly (kavitha reddy) charging at my friend and attempting to hit her Video 3: after she tried to assault my friend, when we were waiting for the police to arrive some People in the park who knew her started supporting her and playing moral police and asking us if it is our culture to wear sports wear Video 4: this man in the red checkered shirt and about 10 men with her arrived right before the police did and started threatening us. His name is Anil, and you can clearly hear him threatening me. In my line of work even false news is enough to destroy my career and he threatened me exactly of that and the police stood there and just watched. This is when i decided to go live and have our side of the story put out there in the open After being in a democracy and following all the norms of social distancing, we were abused and ridiculed by Kavitha Reddy and the mob in Agara Lake for practicing our hoolahoop while wearing sportswear. Despite being polite and trying to solve the problem, the lady hit my friend and used disparaging remarks about me and my friends Was extremely disappointed with how the police who came to the location behaved , like nothing was wrong and spoke to her with respect while asked us to be quite. The cops stood there while her mob harassed us and even after requesting the police continuously, they decided to stand there and support this (proof on igtv) Yesterday was really hard and it was so disturbing to go through this When we went to the police station, everyone there already knew her and spoke to her nicely and saw us like we were wrong. The only police who spoke to us with some respect and told her she was wrong was the inspector is the hsr police station muni reddy, he asked us both to file our respective complaints and he left. We wrote the complaint and gave it to the police. The police present there refused to give us an acknowledgement for the same. Its not easy being strong around people who are trying to break you, and having to listen to so many people harass us for doing nothing. THIS IS JUST WRONG I request you all for your support 💛 @blrcitypolice #thisiswrong #punishkavithareddy

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Hedge’s IGTV Video on the Situation.

Several Netizens were enraged by the act and supported the actress over her altercation. Online Platforms like Instagram and Twitter were filled with immense support for Hedge and rage against the “Moral Policing” act. This is one of the many incidents where “Moral Policing” has been filmed and condemned online, especially during lockdown. (Source)

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