Kamal Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara Haasan has broken her silence after her private pictures in innerwear got leaked on the Internet on November 5. According to reports, the actor’s cellphone was hacked, thereby leading to the leak of the photographs.
The ‘Shamitabh’ star took to Twitter on November 7 to state that she was unaware of how the leak took place. She called ‘deeply unfortunate’ the act to 'make a young girl the victim of such an act only for a pervert mind’s enjoyment.' Akshara slammed the ‘eye-catching headlines’ used to share the pictures, saying it ‘scarred’ her ‘deeper’ and contributed to her ‘harassment and helplessness.’ The actor added that it was ‘particularly disturbing and deeply upsetting’ such an incident took place in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
She added that she has approached the Mumbai Police and the cyber cell to get into the bottom of it soon. Akshara concluded her post by hoping we all learn to live and let live with dignity and privacy and that the Internet doesn’t continue participating in her harassment.
Here’s Akshara’s full statement:
Recently, some of my private pictures were leaked on the Internet. Who did this or why is not known to me yet. But what I do know that it is deeply unfortunate to make a young girl the victim of such an act only for a pervert mind’s enjoyment. And each time someone shares it with eye-catching headlines to draw more traction, it scars me deeper and adds to everyone’s participation in my harassment and helplessness.
It’s particularly disturbing and deeply upsetting to see that at a time when the nation has woken up to the #metoo movement, there are still people out there who would harass and attempt to share private pictures of a young girl in the public eye only to derive some perverse pleasure that appeals only to them. I have reached out to the mumbaipolice and the cybercell to seek their help in tracking the person/s responsible for this leak and hope to get to the bottom of this soon. Till then, I can only request that we all learn to live and let live with dignity and privacy and hope that the internet won’t continue actively participating in my harassment. #metoo.
Akshara’s Twitter profile is unverified, but sister Shruti Haasan corroborated it by retweeting her post and tagging the Twitter handles of Mumbai police and cyber cell. ‘Raees’ director Rahul Dholakia was among those who replied to the tweet, calling it ‘disgusting’ and requesting Mumbai police to help.
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