Self-proclaimed ‘Vyapam whistleblower’ Anand Rai, who has a history of sharing fake news and morphed images, posted a photograph of Jagrati Shukla, a journalist with Lok Sabha TV, mocking her for wearing ‘saffron’ coloured kurta. The photograph was originally posted by Shukla on her timeline, which Rai saved and posted from his account saying that if tv anchors themselves wear saffron, how can one expect neutrality from them?
This is not the first time he has shared Jagrati’s pictures without her consent. In a picture shared earlier this month, he said Jagrati has ‘finally’ been ‘awarded’ for her ‘Modi bhakti’ as after ‘months of unemployment’ she has now found a job with Lok Sabha TV.
This behaviour of Anand Rai, where he acts like a lowly, sexist, vulgar troll, is not new. Earlier he has been caught spreading fake news and Photoshopped images and then deleting them when called out. He had shared an image of Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani where she is posing with an astrologer, wrongly calling the astrologer Virendra Dev Dixit, a self-styled godman accused of forcibly confining women and children as well as rape. Not only that, he even said that Irani had gone to meet Delhi’s ‘spiritual sexual university’s’ rapist Baba for ‘Prasad’.
When he is not insinuating and slandering women on Twitter, Rai is busy sharing fake news. He had earlier shared fake news of the death of veteran actor Dilip Kumar, a tweet he deleted after being called out.
He had also shared an image of a slain terrorist and claimed that he was not a terrorist, but a farmer protesting, killed by the government.
While the verdict is still out on Vyapam case, the fact that a person who calls himself ‘whistleblower’ for the alleged scam posts such fake and Photoshopped images casts aspersions on his credibility.
Not surprisingly, the crusaders who fight against online abuse to women are silent on this one.