"He should be punished in some brutal way.”
Indian cricketer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 5-year-old daughter, Ziva Dhoni was threatened with rape by a 16-year-old boy from Gujarat.
While social media can be used for positivity, the levels of negativity are growing and the threat to Ziva has shocked many.
The rape threat was issued because MS Dhoni did not play as well as expected in an Indian Premier League match.
The 16-year-old boy has since been detained by the police.
Many stars have been reacting to the news by expressing their shock and displeasure. Cricketer Irfan Pathan tweeted:
“All the players giving their best, sometimes it just doesn’t work but it doesn’t give any one any authority to give a threat to a young child.”
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 9, 2020
Indian actor Ranganathan Madhavan also shared his anger and called for strict police action. He wrote:
“Teenager Detained For Issuing Threats Against MS Dhoni’s Daughter: Police Great Job … time to clamp down and put the fear of law and god on these faceless monsters who think they can do and say what they want on the internet.
“Even if they are teens.”
Teenager Detained For Issuing Threats Against MS Dhoni's Daughter: Police Great job .. time to clamp down and put the fear of law and god on these faceless monsters who think they can do and say what they want on the internet. Even if they are teens.?? https://t.co/mu9jR5tnQt
— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) October 12, 2020
Father to a two-year-old girl, actor Shreyas Talpade who was shocked about this incident posted:
“Oh My God, something like this is disgusting, to say the least, and not only unfortunate.
“In our country, we have been saying what we have come down to. And it was just a match of cricket.
“For that, if someone is going to go down to this level, unfortunate is an understatement. I don’t know why we have so much negativity.”
Commenting on the disgusting incident, psychologist Pulkit Sharma said:
“There has been a very steady rise in aggression and perversion. So in general people are very angry and they have a very perverted bent of mind.
“And when it comes to online where your identity cannot be revealed clearly, and you cannot be held for what you are saying, it becomes a very safe place for such kinds of instincts to be expressed.”
The wife of cricketer Harbhajan Singh, actress Geeta Basra voiced her dismay at such “sickening” incidents. She said:
“That a 16-year-old boy wrote such disgusting things is sickening.”
“I think he’s old enough to understand what he has written, and stupid enough to understand he is going to get caught.
“The fact that you can get someone so quickly over social media, you know where they live and can trace their location. He should be punished in some brutal way.”
Actress Mahie Gill who is a proud mother to a three-year-old stated that such people are “shameless.” She wrote:
“They have no other work to do. Authorities should take these trolls seriously and take strict action against these sick minds, and the strictest punishment should be given to them.
“My blood boils when I read or hear something like this. Where are we headed?
“I think there has to be some protocol or system wherein these messages should be regulated before they could be posted.”