Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra took to social media to talk about the recent incident involving a Bangalore-based model-turned-makeup artiste accusing a Zomato delivery executive of assault.
The actress urged the delivery service to look into the matter and find out the truth.
She wrote, “Zomato India – PLEASE find and publicly report the truth.. If the gentleman is innocent (and I believe he is), PLEASE help us penalise the woman in question. This is inhuman, shameful and heartbreaking .. Please let meknow how I can help.. #ZomatoDeliveryGuy @zomatoin.”
The model-turned-make-up artiste posted a video on social media, in which she claimed that the delivery agent punched her. Zomato has temporarily suspended the delivery agent and is covering his legal costs. The company is also covering the medical expenses of the model-turned-make-up artiste.
Meanwhile, Parineeti will be seen in the films Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and Saina. Helmed by Dibakar Banerjee, the film will see actor Arjun Kapoor play the role of a cop and Parineeti essays the role of an ambitious girl working in the corporate sector. Saina, a biopic based on the life of badminton ace Saina Nehwal, is directed by Amole Gupte and will release on March 26.
Hitesha Chandranee posted a series of videos on her Twitter and Instagram accounts right after the incident and after receiving medical help. While narrating her ordeal, she revealed that she had ordered food from Zomato at around 3.30 pm and was expecting it to be delivered by 4.30 pm. When she did not get it on time, she started following up with customer care and requested her order to be either cancelled or be given free of cost. Meanwhile, the delivery man showed up and when Hitesha asked him to wait for customer care’s confirmation on the status of the order, he lost his cool and punched her on the face, leaving her nose badly injured and bleeding.
Hitesha posted this video on Instagram with the caption: “Zomato – are we really safe using your services? So, guys, many of you did not quite get what happened, so here it is, please let me know who expects such behaviour from the delivery person and how are we safe if this is going around us. I need support from all you guys to get hold of Zomato people and the guy who did (this), please support me and help with this issue.”
The Instagram video has raked in 15.4m views and more than 25k likes.