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Modi announces #SelfieWithDaughter campaign

28 Jun 2015
Modi announces #SelfieWithDaughter campaign
  • Addressing the nation on the ninth edition of "Mann ki Baat" over radio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign #SelfieWithDaughter.
  • He urged fathers to take selfies with their daughters and post them on social media.
  • He also asked people to write a line or two in the tag line with the selfies in order to support the "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" campaign.

Shruti Seth criticizes Modi's #SelfieWithDaughter campaign

28 Jun 2015
Shruti Seth criticizes Modi's #SelfieWithDaughter campaign
  • After PM Modi launched #SelfieWithDaughter campaign, Shruti Seth disagreed with the PM's way of creating awareness about female infanticide.
  • She took to Twitter to express her opinion, "A selfie is not a device to bring about change Mr. PM. Try reform. #selfieobsessedPM"
  • She further tweeted that change was needed in those illiterate parts of our country where phones with front cameras don't exist.

Shruti Seth receives flak for criticizing #SelfieWithDaughter

29 Jun 2015
Shruti Seth receives flak for criticizing #SelfieWithDaughter
  • Soon after Shruti expressed her opinion about the #SelfieWithDaughter campaign being just a gimmick and an eyewash for society, her Twitter feed was flooded with hate tweets.
  • People called her a prostitute and questioned her and her mother's chastity. The abusive backlash continued relentlessly for 48 hours and Shruti was forced to delete her tweets.
  • But she stood by her opinion till the end.

No country for women!

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Before Shruti Seth, activist Kavita Krishnan had also been a victim of social media trolls and abuse for criticizing the #SelfieWithDaughter campaign. Krishnan had sent the snapshots of the backlash she received to the police and urged them to lodge a FIR.

Shruti Seth takes on haters on Twitter

1 Jul 2015
Shruti Seth takes on haters on Twitter
  • Shruti Seth once again took to Twitter to voice her opinion and fight back against the haters.
  • She tweeted, "You've abused me, my parents, my husband, my daughter, my career over an opinion I stated. The darkness of this place leaves me hopeless."
  • She further said that the hatred she encountered on a difference of opinion showed that India is no country for women.

Shruti Seth sends an open letter to the nation

5 Jul 2015
Shruti Seth sends an open letter to the nation
  • Responding to the abusive and hateful tweets which had pervaded all over Twitter against her, actor Shruti Seth has written a strong open letter addressing the whole nation.
  • She has asked a simple question-"Is abuse an answer to dissent?"
  • She questioned those men and women who abused her so relentlessly and cruelly if that was how they perceived women who had an opinion.