"Cervical cancer didn’t claim me"
Social media users have expressed their anger towards Poonam Pandey after it was revealed that she is actually alive.
On February 2, 2024, India was in shock when it was announced that Poonam had passed away at the age of 32 due to cervical cancer.
A statement on her Instagram profile read:
“This morning is a tough one for us.
“Deeply saddened to inform you that we have lost our beloved Poonam to cervical cancer.
“Every living form that ever came in contact with her was met with pure love and kindness.
“In this time of grief, we would request for privacy while we remember her fondly for all that we shared.”
Fans and fellow celebrities were in shock and paid tribute to her.
However, their shock turned to anger when a very much alive Poonam Pandey posted a video and revealed that it was a publicity stunt to raise awareness about cervical cancer.
In a video, she explained that cervical cancer had claimed the lives of many women.
The caption read: “I feel compelled to share something significant with you all – I am here, alive.
“Cervical cancer didn’t claim me, but tragically, it has claimed the lives of thousands of women who stemmed from a lack of knowledge on how to tackle this disease.
“Unlike some other cancers, Cervical cancer is entirely preventable. The key lies in the HPV vaccine and early detection tests.
“We have the means to ensure no one loses their life to this disease. Let’s empower one another with critical awareness and ensure every woman is informed about the steps to take.
“Visit the link in the bio to delve deeper into what can be done.
“Together, let’s strive to put an end to the devastating impact of the disease and bring #DeathToCervicalCancer.”
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Unsurprisingly, the revelation has not gone down well.
Many slammed Poonam Pandey for her “distasteful” PR stunt.
Aly Goni commented:
“F***ing cheap publicity stunt, it was nothing else. You guys think it’s funny?”
“You and your PR team should be boycotted I swear… bloody losers and to all the media portals we people here trust you that’s why we believed it… shame on you all.”
Reality star Nikki Tamboli said: “Absolute cheapness!
“It’s disheartening to witness the depths some individuals will sink to for a momentary spotlight.
“Faking one’s death, especially in the context of a serious illness like cancer, is not just tasteless but downright disrespectful.
“It trivialises the very real struggles that millions face worldwide and breaks the trust of those who genuinely care.
“Let’s not reward such attention-seeking behaviour with our attention.”
Netizens labelled Poonam Pandey a “fraud” and pointed out that if she died for real, no one would believe her.
Poonam addressed the backlash and stated that while she understood that her stunt was perceived to be “in bad taste”, she justified her actions were for a “greater cause”.
Part of a statement read: “Before passing judgement on the act, I urge you to recognise the alarming concern burdening women worldwide.”