Caller abuses Congress MLA on live television - The New Indian Express

Caller abuses Congress MLA on live television

Published: 15th November 2013 08:37 AM

Last Updated: 15th November 2013 02:16 PM

Congress legislator Vijayadharani has lodged a complaint with the city police after a caller on a live talk show in a Tamil TV channel verbally abused her on Wednesday night.

She was participating in the show on Sathyam TV along with BJP leader S R Sekar discussing India’s decision to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka when the incident took place.

A caller, who identified himself as Tamilvannan, posed a few questions to Vijayadharani and even as she was responding to them, he suddenly hurled abuses at her. The abuses were aired live in the channel before the call could be disconnected.

“It seemed to be a pre-planned act by the caller. I am not going to take it lightly and I want him to be punished. It is not just for me, but this should teach a lesson for those who use abusive words against women,” Vijayadharani told Express.

She lodged a written complaint with the police on Wednesday night, soon after the show was over.

While seeking stringent action on the caller, she also wanted appropriate action to be initiated against the TV channel if it was liable as per law. “The TV channel officials apologised to me after the incident. But I think in future the TV channels must put in place some mechanism to filter such callers. Instead of allowing live calls during the show, the calls can be pre-recorded and aired in the show,” she said.

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