Mumbai: The nation lost one of young Bollywood souls in Sushant Singh Rajput on Sunday (June 14) after the actor was found hanging at his Bandra residence in Mumbai. The tragic news sent a shockwave immediately not only in the film fraternity but also in the political and sports circuit as well. Condolences started pouring in across all the social media platforms.
However, soon after Sushant’s death news spread, a couple of pictures of the deceased circulated on social media went viral. The pictures were painful. That was not all. Some even made memes with those – showcasing the cold blooded and devilish human nature, the screenshots of which are in possession with The Lateralz.
At this time of immense tragedy, I would request the media to be sensitive towards Sushant’s family and friends. I urge everyone to respect their emotions and let them grieve.— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) June 14, 2020
A profile named Jagdeep Singh made a Facebook post which showed smiling Sushant with a writing ‘Bihari in Bihar’ and a dead body of Sushant lying on bed having ‘Bihari in Mumbai’ written on it. He had edited the disturbing picture with a flower emoji on his face. The same profile also posted another meme and wrote ‘Sonu Sood isko ghar pahuchana bhul gaya (Sonu Sood forgot to send him home). Only angry react for Sonu’. Humans are so heartless.
Another case of human insensitivity was spotted when a Instagram profile has been made which has a name ‘sushant_singh_rajput_dead, On sale bro’. The bio of the profile has ‘SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT. DEAD BODY PICS UPLOADED ON MY STORY AND POSTS’ written on it. It also had 15,000 followers and three posts.
A meme came up from a Facebook profile named Adarsh Pandey that had a picture of a child holding a phone on his ear and the write up goes like this, ‘kya MUMMY? Sushant Bhaiyaa ne suicide kar liya?? Ruko thoda, abhi unke movie ke pics crop karke post karta hun mast likes aajaenge’. So inhuman!
My friend #SushantSinghRajput has died tragically at a very young age!! STOP Circulating pictures of his death! This is a tragedy NOT entertainment!! Is this the world we live in now??!— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) June 14, 2020
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Cyber, a nodal agency for cyber security tweeted, “A disturbing trend has been observed on Social Media platforms by Maharashtra Cyber that pictures of deceased actor Shri. Sushant Singh Rajput are being circulated, which are disturbing and in bad taste.”
“Maharashtra Cyber exhorts and directs all netizens to refrain from circulating the aforesaid pictures. The pictures already circulated should be deleted henceforth,” the tweet further added. They also emphasised that the circulation of such pictures is against legal guidelines and court directions, and is liable to invite legal action.
A disturbing trend has been observed on Social Media platforms by Maharashtra Cyber that pictures of deceased actor Shri. Sushant Singh Rajput are being circulated, which are disturbing and in bad taste. (1/n)— Maharashtra Cyber (@MahaCyber1) June 14, 2020
Maharashtra Cyber on May 20 had issued a notice under Section 149 of CRPC to certain users who were using social media platforms for posting offensive, abusive, defamatory and malicious posts. They asked those users to refrain from doing so as it is an offense under the Information Technology Act, IPC and any user found violating the provisions of the said laws will have to face strict penal action.
Officials said with a medium like WhatsApp, tracing the original source of the pictures would be next to impossible. They said all social media platforms are being watched so action can be taken against anyone found sharing the pictures.