Mumbai (Maharashtra): Mumbai Mahila Congress on Tuesday wrote to police seeking to lodge an FIR against actor Vivek Oberoi for his ‘obnoxious statement on women in a meme which has insulted the modesty of women.’
The committee has demanded police to lodge an FIR under Section 509 (gestures or acts intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Act against Oberoi.
“This is to bring to your attention that actor Vivek Oberoi has insulted women modesty by his statement. Being an artist his political interference needs limitations. Now, he has disrespected womanhood for which he should be punished. Mumbai Mahila Congress workers demand an FIR under Section 509 of IPC Act. Therefore, please consider the issue and take serious action and do the needful,” Mumbai Mahila Congress president Ajantaa R Yadav said in its letter.
On Monday, Vivek had tweeted a collage of three images featuring him, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, her husband Abhishek Bachchan, their daughter Aaradhya and superstar Salman Khan.
The post referred to Salman and Aishwarya’s relationship as the ‘opinion poll’, Vivek and Aishwarya’s affair as the ‘exit poll’ and her current family with husband Abhishek and daughter Aaradhya as the ‘final result.’
While talking to ANI on Monday, Vivek had said that he doesn’t see anything offensive in his tweet and will not apologise since he has not done anything “wrong.”
“Those who are in the meme have no objection while scores of politicians are trying to politicise the issue. They don’t work on issues but start their politics on such non-issues. There is a ‘Didi’ in West Bengal who puts people behind jail for a meme. Now, these people are demanding to put Vivek Oberoi behind bars. They were unable to stop my film and hence are now are trying to put me behind bars,” Vivek said.
Refusing to tender apologies, Oberoi had added: “People are asking me to apologise. I have no problem in apologising, but tell me what wrong have I done. If I have done something wrong, I will apologise. I don’t think I have done anything wrong. What’s wrong in it? Somebody tweeted a meme and I laughed at it.”
The National Commission for Women (NCW) had later issued a notice to actor Oberoi demanding explanation over his tweet on the exit polls.