The Ernakulam South Police, today, arrested 26-year-old Pinto from Wadakancherry for allegedly abusing South Indian actress Parvathy on social media. The police’s move comes a day after the actress filed a complaint against cyber attack with the State Police Chief and Ernakulam range IGP Vijayan.
Pinto was taken into custody from his house in Wadakancherry earlier today by a special team under Ernakulam South CI. He has been charged with section 67 of the Kerala Police IT act.
The complaint received by the DGP and IF was forwarded to the cyber cell and Ernakulam South station for further proceedings. The complaint consisted of screenshots and links to several profiles and derogatory comments. The cyber cell team which started a crackdown on the accused profiles, handed over the details to the investigation team.
“Pinto was arrested based on the information provided by the cyber cell,” said Ernakulam South CI, Siby Tom. “We have identified more profiles which hurled derogatory comments at the actress and are in the process of getting the necessary data from Facebook.
“More people will be arrested soon,” said Siby Tom.
Parvathy was attack on social media after she commented on the misogynistic dialogues in Mammootty-starrer Kasaba.
Speaking at a panel discussion conducted as part of International Film Festival of Kerala, Parvathy said that she, unfortunately, watched Mammootty’s Kasaba, which was filled with misogynistic dialogues. Her comment on the film went viral and many fans of Mammootty started attacking the actress on different social-media platforms.
Many self-proclaimed fans of the superstar bombarded Parvathy’s profile with derogatory comments and trolled her. The Malayalam film industry saw itself split down the middle, where a certain section of people supported the actress, while the other supported Mammootty and Kasaba’s team. Mammootty still hasn’t issued a statement condemning the abuse that is happening in his name.
After the cyber bullying continued for two weeks, Parvathy decided to approach the police.
The Women’s Collective in Cinema (WCC) also extended its support to the actress by filing a complaint demanding the police to intervene.