The Kerala police arrested a 23-year-old man from Thrissur on Wednesday for allegedly abusing and threatening actor Parvathy online after she said that some dialogues in a film featuring actor Mammootty were “misogynistic”, PTI reported.
A magistrate court sent him to 14 days’ judicial custody. More people are likely to be arrested soon, the police said.
The man, Printo, was charged under Sections 507 (anonymous criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code, besides some sections of the Information Technology Act, the police said.
Parvathy had filed a police complaint on Tuesday, after facing online attacks from Mammootty’s fans for many days. She had submitted screenshots of abusive messages along with her complaint.
At a film festival earlier in December, the actor, who made her Bollywood debut last month, had said in a reference to Mammootty’s 2016 hit film Kasaba: “I had watched a film recently, to my bad luck. With all respect to the makers, the film disappointed me, as it featured a great actor spitting totally misogynistic dialogues.”
She said further: “A lot of people feel cinema reflects life and society, so when a superstar mouths such a dialogue, people might think it is sexy and cool.”