Locals led by an Indian National Congress (INC) politician Kavitha Reddy accused actress Samyuktha Hegde of Kirik Party fame of behaving “indecently” inside a public park. They confined her movement by closing the park gate and called the police. Further, they harangued her for a considerable time for having removed her pullover for a brief while after a session of workout inside the park had left her sweating profusely.
Actress Samyuktha had been working out at the Agara Park, HSR Layout, in the capital of Karnataka.
The complainants claimed that the actress and her companions had come to the park inaptly clad, and did Hula Hoop dance there. When her behaviour was questioned, the actress justified her dressing sense, and heated arguments ensued.
Last evening, the actress and her pals were “practising the hoola hoops and my other friends were doing their workout when an elderly lady walked upto us and began abusing us in the choicest of language (sic)”.
“Three of us were working out and Kavitha Reddy suddenly came and tried to assault us, saying that our clothes were wrong and we were doing cabaret instead of working out,” she said. They also threatened us that they would link our name in the ongoing Sandalwood drug scandal,” claimed the actress.
“They said,” Samyuktha Hegde recounted her woe, “‘Are you cabaret dancers? What sort of clothes are you wearing? [email protected]&&&@s! If you wear such clothes and something happens to you the next time, don’t come crying to anyone.’ She continued to shower abuses on us,” the actress said about the INC politician who had interrupted her workout session. “Soon, about 10 boys joined her,” shares a visibly shaken Samyuktha.
“Then they surrounded us and locked us in following which the lady charged towards my friend and assaulted her. I taped all this on camera. We were then for colt taken to the local station and she continued ranting against us. One of the cops thankfully said we had done nothing wrong and sent us off,” states Samyuktha. The actor though is alarmed and disturbed after the incident. “This was on broad daylight and in a public park. And a woman who insulted and hurled abuse at us for simply wearing workout clothes and exercising in a park. And that too in central Bengaluru. What wrong did we do that my friends and I had to go through this trauma and shamed for no fault of ours? It’s high time we questioned such behaviour where people play moral police and torture them without reason. And we hear of such incidents so often. This has got to stop,” sums up Samyuktha.
The onlookers, including a few women, raised slogans decrying her behaviour, closed the park gate and called the police. This gave rise to further commotion and consternation in the area.
The police escorted the actress away following the fracas. At the police station, the cops found the actress and her group “not guilty” and let them go. Samyuktha shares her workout sessions in similar outfits regularly on social media without inviting trouble until yesterday.
Samyuktha filmed the proceedings on Instagram Live. She questioned what wrong she had done in doing physical exercises, wearing a sports brassiere. The actress said the people were furious at her for wearing a sports bra at the park.
She was also part of Bigg Boss Kannada 5 and a wild card entry in Splitsvilla season 11. Samyuktha is famous on social media where she actively shares her workout videos. Samyuktha shares a lot of Hoola Hoops videos on social media which is a form of workout and has got an appreciation from her fans for staying fit even during the lockdown.
Reacting to the incident, Facebook user Vinay Karanam wrote, “What happened to Samyukta Hegde in the Agara Lake park is outrageous and wrong. Shows how repressive and oppressive our public consciousness is. She was working out there and decided to take off her pull over for a brief while, and due to that was cornered by an old lady who is a political leader from Congress, mobbed, harassed, and even physically hit by them. The park gates were locked and they were not allowed to leave. They were called strippers, pole dancers, drug users and what not. Unbelievable! The cops on the spot were with the attackers which is even more unbelievable.”
He continued, “All this in the name of ‘culture, decency, manners’ etc. Whose culture? Not our culture. Please. We are not a country that asks our women to cover up from head to toe or wear veils because we don’t treat them like property. All this ‘cover up and be decent’, nonsense was imposed on us after invasions from Central Asia by a foreign uncivilized culture. There was nothing immodest or outrageous about what the girls did at the park, and yet had to face this moral policing in the name of culture. They were asked to publicly apologize or go to the station. For what? For working out in the park. All this can happen in a so-called modern city like Bengaluru to a celebrity. It is okay to oppose what is wrong with the cinema industry, but this is absolutely ridiculous.”