Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I was hiding in my house: Meera Chopra

Meera Chopra, who is also Priyanka Chopra's cousin, wants to make sure that the person behind her online harassment doesn't escape punishment.

In January, Meera, who stays in Model Town, filed a complaint with the economic offences wing of the Delhi Police against unknown people who had been sending vulgar mails about her as well as details of her daily whereabouts to her friends. The culprit was identified last week, and is now likely to be charged for harassment by Tuesday.

When her friends initially started receiving mails last August, she ignored it thinking it was the work of an obsessed fan. "But," she says, "things became serious around January. Then the mails got really personal. The person had my phone records for 6-7 months, and even knew where I was going, and when. I'm sure a detective was following me. Every time I'd step out, my friends would get a mail saying, 'She was here, or she was there at this time'. I was so scared that I stopped going out completely."

When she was told the name of the culprit a week ago, she was shocked as the person has known her for long. "I don't know what the motive behind this was," she says, "It could've been jealousy. But this is unacceptable. You can't play with a girl's life, career and reputation like this. I can't name him, but I'm going to make sure he's punished."

But she adds, "The laws are really funny. It's such a heinous act but it's still a bailable crime. Arrest ho bhi jayenge toh woh bail de kar free ho jayenge. Even then, I want to make sure they are punished." And for that, she'll be staying in Delhi for a few weeks. "I'm starting RGV's "Deparment" soon, but I have to finish all these proceedings before that. I have almost been hiding in my house, but now I want to resume work."

Courtesy: TOI

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