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Sapna Chaudhary row: Haryana singer's brother, social activist Satpal Tanwar engage in war of words

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:47 IST

Social activist Satpal Tanwar has been booked in connection with Haryana folk singer Sapna Chaudhary's alleged suicide bid.

An FIR was lodged against Tanwar for molestation and criminal intimidation, the Times of India reported.

Chaudhary allegedly attempted suicide on 4 September. She has been admitted to a hospital after she reportedly consumed poison in Delhi's Najafgarh area. In a five-page suicide note, the singer alleged that Tanwar had harassed her on social media saying that a song that she had performed in February had hurt Dalit sentiments.

In her suicide note, Chaudhary also alleged that Tanwar used derogatory language against her online and cast "aspersions" on her character.

In July, Tanwar filed an FIR at sector 29 police station in Gurgaon under provisions of Prevention of Atrocities (SC/ST) Act raising objections to the lyrics. He ran an online campaign against Choudhary under Bahujan Maha Kranti Manch. He also planned to organise a programme at Ambedkar Bhawan in Gurgaon on 4 September seeking punishment for Chaudhary, Indian Express reported.

On 6 September, Tanwar told the Indian Express that Chaudhary's suicide attempt was "a bid to evade legal action".

Members of Choudhary's family alleged that Tanwar began harassing the singer after he failed at blackmailing the family. "After getting an FIR registered against Sapna, Tanwar started blackmailing us. When we did not succumb to his pressure, he started this malicious online campaign. Sapna is unconscious and is admitted in the ICU," Indian Express quoted Sapna Choudhary's brother, Karan as saying.

First published: 6 September 2016, 1:50 IST
 
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