Vijay Sethupathi's daughter receives rape threats for Muthiah Muralitharan’s biopic controversy; Chennai Police files case


On Monday, Vijay Sethupathi informed that everything is over as regards his presence in 800, after Muralitharan, in a statement, said that he had requested Sethupathi to leave the project since he is being pressured by some groups. Speaking to reporters, Sethupathi said everything is over and that is why he had tweeted 'thanks' and 'vannakam' after posting Muralitharan's statement.

However, soon after Vijay's announcement, death and rape threats were sent to Vijay's daughter on Twitter. The Cyber Cell of Chennai Police has registered a case against the threats. Sethupathi received a threat on social media that his daughter will be raped if he takes up the lead role in Sri Lankan spinner Muttaih Muralitharan's biopic 800.

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While people such as Congress MP Karti P. Chidambaram, actor-turned-politician All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi founder R.Sarathkumar and his wife and actor Radhikaa Sarathkumar had voiced their support for Sethupathi, the Tamil movie world was largely silent. Even the South Indian Artistes' Association, popularly known as Nadigar Sangam, the body representing the interests of actors, maintained silence on the issue.

DMK leader Kanimozhi on Tuesday demanded police take action against the person who had issued a rape threat against Vijay's daughter. In a tweet, Kanimozhi said, "The perverse intimidation of Vijay Sethupathi's #daughter is not only barbaric but extremely dangerous to the very fabric of our society. "Making women and children the soft targets is a cowardly act. The police should take stern action against the perpetrator."