Actor Siddharth's tweet responding to ace badminton player Saina Nehwal had turned into a massive controversy with the former being termed as “sexist and misogynistic” by the National Commission for Women (NCW). Now, a case has been filed against the actor by the Hyderabad Cyber Crime Police for his rude remarks against Saina. The actor has been booked under section 509 IPC, Sec 67 IT ACT after a social activist filed a complaint against him.
Last week, Saina had tweeted about the security lapse of the Prime Minister of India in Punjab. "No Nation can claim itself to be safe if the security of its own PM gets compromised. I condemn, in the strongest words possible, the cowardly attack on PM Modi by anarchists (sic)," she tweeted.
Responding to it, Siddharth had tweeted, "Subtle cock champion of the world... Thank God we have protectors of India. Shame on you #Rihanna (sic)."
The actor was criticized for his tweet by netizens and the NCW also urged Twitter to block his account and also reached out to the Maharashtra police seeking legal action.
After the uproar, on Tuesday night, Siddharth issued an apology which read, "Dear Saina, I want to apologise to you for my rude joke that I wrote as a response to a tweet of yours, a few days ago. I may disagree with you on many things but even my disappointment or anger when I read your tweet, cannot justify my tone and words. I know I have more grace in me than that. As for the joke… If a joke needs to be explained, then it wasn’t a very good joke to begin with. Sorry about a joke that didn’t land. I, however must insist my word play and humour had none of the malicious intent that so many people from all quarters have attributed to it. I am a staunch feminist ally and I assure you there was no gender implied in my tweet and certainly no intent to attack you as a woman. I hope we can put this behind us and that you will accept my letter. You will always be my Champion. Honestly, Siddharth.”
Reacting to the apology Saina told ANI, "He said something about me first and then apologised. I don’t even know why it went so viral. I was surprised to see myself trending on Twitter. Happy that Siddharth has apologised. You should not target a woman like that. It is okay. I am not bothered about it. I am happy in my place. God bless him."
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