Zara Parwal, a Pune resident who shared pictures from her marriage to a Hindu man, to voice support for the Tanishq advertisement that landed in a controversy, has now filed an FIR with Pune Police over online harassment.
Speaking to India Today TV, Zara said that she supports the social message sent out by the Tanishq advertisement. However, with abuses and threats issued at large on social media, she went to the police to lodge an FIR with the cyber cell.
The Tanishq advertisement showed a Muslim family celebrating a traditional South Indian baby shower for their daughter-in-law. However, the advertisement faced a severe backlash and the company withdrew the advertisement. Along with several other women with interfaith relations, Zara Parwal, too, came out in support of interfaith marriages and shared pictures from her marriage to a Hindu man.
Talking about the harassment, Zara said that there are 40,000 messages on Twitter with abuses being hurled at her over her wedding pictures. “This also shows that there is a serious unemployment problem in the country,” she said and added that these trolls are trying to reach out to her family and threatening them.
The trolls have also tried to leak her address and phone number, when she felt the need to take a legal course. Zara has registered a case by submitting an application to the cyber cell in Pune. She has given IDs of all of the Twitter accounts and Facebook accounts that are threatening her, intimidating her and her family members.
Zara has also shared that she is the secretary of All India Professionals Congress (AIPC) in Pune. As she is aligned ideologically with the Congress, she is into organising events for the city Congress. Meanwhile, Zara has found support in Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and other Congress leaders.
Source: India Today