HYDERABAD: Social activist Sunitha Krishnan’s car was attacked here Friday, half-an-hour after she announced #ShameTheRapists campaign on a national channel and just a day after she uploaded two rape video clips on YouTube seeking to bring the culprits to book.
Miscreants hurled stones at her car, parked outside her office-cum-residence, Prajwala Home, at Hussainalam in the Old City.
The video clips — removed on Friday by YouTube for ‘violation of terms’ — have gone viral with scores of people sharing them on WhatsApp. While one shows a woman being gang-raped by five men, the other shows a woman being raped by a man. The culprits are seen smiling while committing the heinous crime in the eight-minute and four-minute long videos.
Krishnan, who is married to filmmaker Rajesh Touchriver, saw the clips on WhatsApp and with her husband’s help, edited the same, blurring out the victims. Soon after the attack on her car, Krishnan lodged a police complaint following which a case of mischief under Sec 427 of the IPC was booked.
“If goons think they can intimidate me this way, take a long walk boss. I will report come what may, I will track, I will shame and report,” she later tweeted. Krishnan was herself gang-raped by eight men when she was 15 and later started Prajwala, a voluntary organisation to prevent trafficking of women.
“It is no coincidence that the attack has happened after I started the campaign... but I’m not sure if it’s connected. It is definitely against my work and if anything, has strengthened my resolve to work harder and put the rapists behind bars,” Krishnan told Express. She also added she does not require security. “It is not the first time this is happening to me. This is the 18th attack on my work, so I’m used to this. It shows my work is bothering people, so I find it extremely humbling and rewarding,” she said. Asked if the rape videos are from Hyderabad, she clarified they could be from Uttar Pradesh.
The Hyderabad police are investigating the rape video clips but Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy suggested the culprits may not be from Hyderabad. He also informed that special teams were checking the veracity of the clips. The videos are believed to be at least six months old.