Sona Mohapatra recalls getting rape threats for calling out Salman Khan
Sona Mohapatra recalled getting rape threats after she criticized superstar Salman Khan ‘for his misogyny and statements’. Sona had spoken against Salman for taking digs at actress Priyanka Chopra for quitting his movie, Bharat.
Salman had said that Priyanka left the ‘biggest film of her career’ to wed singer-actor Nick Jonas. “Usually people leave their husbands for this,” he had said in 2019. Sona 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. ”
In an interaction with ETimes, 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 went on for two months and the Minister of Women and Child Welfare needed to launch a campaign for better safety of women and children online. Sona further recalled her photos being morphed onto po*n sites and getting ‘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. It was exhausting, and somedays Ram (Sampath, musician and her husband) would come back to the studio and I would be sobbing on my couch. You’ll see a lot of those swollen looks in my documentary, Shut Up Sona, because dealing with the constant trolling and the constant negativity was not easy. It’s not something I enjoy for sure. But it is still worth going through, because it does slowly change the conversations,” Sona said.
Sona is presently preparing for the arrival of her documentary, Shut up Sona. It releases July 1 on ZEE5.