RGV threatens of filing counter-FIR in Sunny Leone tweet issue

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, against whom a complaint was filed for his misogynistic tweet on Women’s Day, has threatened to file a counter FIR, while saying that he ‘doesn’t care’.

The ‘Sarkar’ director took to Twitter and wrote, “Filing counter against OverActivist wid 212 followers which wud b her family n friends, for disrespecting 18 lakh followers of @SunnyLeone.”

RGV also posted a still of Leonardo DiCaprio from the film ‘The Wolf Of Wall Stree’ with the inscription ‘I'm 97% sure you don't like me but I'm 100% sure I don't care’, and wrote, “My Thoughts.”

On the occasion of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, RGV created a stir on Twitter with his remark, “I wish all the women in the world give men as much happiness as Sunny Leone gives.” He faced a lot of flak on from twiterratis for his ‘sexist’ comment, with users asking him to say this to his mother and daughters.

A Goa-based activist Vishakha Mhambrey also filed a police complaint against the filmmaker Ram for his “offensive tweet, thereby outraging a woman's modesty." In a written complaint to Goa Police, she alleged that RGV’s comment was anti-women, and one that was made "with malicious intent, and to gain cheap popularity. He has insulted women's prestige in the society, which is a cognisable offence."

Vishakha further added that the said tweet amounts to an offence under the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act. Since the comment was shared on Twitter, a public platform, she argued, there was a case to be made against the director by the cybercrimes cell as well, while also demanding that RGV’s Twitter account be permanently blocked.

Facing backlash on the micro-blogging site, RGV defended his comment in a series of tweets saying, ‘The negative noise towards my tweet on @SunnyLeone arises from ultimate hypocrisy. She has more honesty and more self-respect than any woman…. My mom,sister,daughter and my grandmother mainly respect me for my honesty in openly expressing my respect towards @SunnyLeone 's honesty… “All u illiterates who dint understand my earlier 2 tweets on @SunnyLeone atleast go through dictionary unless u are uneducated for that too.”