After actor Rhea Chakraborty was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985, many television channels and social media “warriors for SSR” have been celebrating the development claiming it a victory of justice.
However, many netizens pointed out the irony, hypocrisy, and misogyny ingrained in this saga which had started with the media trial of the 28-year-old woman since her boyfriend, actor Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR), allegedly died by suicide on June 14.
Journalist Andre Borges made the most reasonable statement on the arrest, and immediately got trolled for it too.
Damn, the amount of celebration about Rhea's arrest. Do people realise that it's NOT on charges of murder and money laundering?
Rhea's been arrested on something that most of Bombay would be in jail for. Smoking weed.
— Andre Borges (@borges) September 8, 2020
Actor Taapsee Pannu pointed out the ongoing misreporting in the SSR-Rhea case.
Correction. She wasn’t consuming. Financing and procuring for Sushant. So in that case if he was alive he would’ve been put behind bars too ? Oh no. She must’ve forced the drugs onto him. Sushant must’ve been force fed marijuana. Yes that’s what it is exactly. We did it guys 🙌🏼 https://t.co/6f8l7DncuI
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) September 8, 2020
Prominent journalist Supriya Sharma was among those who pointed out the irony of the situation.
Surreal times. India faces threat of war and economic collapse. But the news is obsessing over a few grams of marijuana. Mass scale smoking up.
— Supriya Sharma (@sharmasupriya) September 8, 2020
Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy made a not-so-subtle dig at the politicisation of the case.
— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) September 8, 2020
Veteran journalist Sagarika Ghose also called out the political interests in the arrest.
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) September 8, 2020
Writer Kiran Manral was at her sarcastic best in her comment about the hungama.
Okay. Covid crisis solved. Economy crisis solved. Job crisis solved. Lagey raho.
— Kiran Manral (@KiranManral) September 8, 2020
Writer and activist Meena Kandasamy pointed out the mob mentality that gives rise to such incidents.
This is such despicable mob mentality that has permeated every single institution, media, organisation, whatever in India. Constantly hounded, framed, arrested for such a dope charge---all of this is a system overworking to find a woman (an actual. victim) to blame.
— meena kandasamy || இளவேனில் (@meenakandasamy) September 8, 2020
Filmmaker Alankrita Srivastava and actor Sonam Kapoor called out the whole spectacle for what it is – a witch hunt.
Excellent job, India! Enjoy the burning of the witch. And while we are at it we may as well get Sati back. And no, lets not lift a finger to stem any crimes against women. Lets dance wildly and applaud the fire.
— Alankrita Shrivastava (@alankrita601) September 8, 2020
Everyone loves a witch hunt as long as it's someone else's witch being hunted.
Walter Kirn https://t.co/u1Tjjvran8
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) September 8, 2020
Journalist Rohini Singh highlighted the hypocrisy of the media and the authorities when it comes to putting a woman at the centre of a sensationalised crime.
The #RheaChakraborty case was one where the verdict had already been delivered and only a route was being sought to justify it. Where Bihar police, CBI, ED failed, NCB managed to do, just about. Had NCB failed too, Interpol, CIA, FBI, KGB’s help would have been sought. (1/n)
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) September 8, 2020
Author and journalist Swati Chaturvedi even went a step further to reveal how netizens feel about national security and Rhea. And the results of her poll shows how our priorities have changed over the last few weeks, thank to media sensationalism.
Is Chinese aggression against India a bigger security threat or Rhea?
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) September 8, 2020
(Edited by Varnika Gupta)