Congress spokesperson and activist Kavitha Reddy has lent an unconditional apology for allegedly abusing and assaulting actress Samyuktha Hegde and her friends at a lake garden in Bengaluru, recently.
She has called it an "extremely unfortunate" incident in her statement. She wrote, "Samyuktha Hegde and her friends were in a safe space and that was violated. I unconditionally apologies to Samyuktha Hegde, her friends, and everyone else for everything that happened at the Park. I have always stood against Moral policing and No one has the right to tell a woman what to wear and how to behave."
Kavitha Reddy has also expressed her regrets about reactions after the incident. She added, "I agree that no woman should undergo what happened with them during the incident. In hindsight, I regret my social media posts about the incident and have taken them down along with my earlier post about my side of the incident. I have carefully considered the entire episode and I am sorry for this. I hope that we can put this incident behind us and work towards a safer and better future for women."
Samyuktha Thanks Kavitha
The actress has accepted and thanked Kavitha Reddy for the apology. "Apologies accepted Ms Kavitha Reddy. I hope we can all move forward from the incident and make women feel safe everywhere. #ThisIsWrongtoThisIsRight #ApologiesAccepted Thank you, Advocates Maitreyi Bhat & Arjun Rao for your support. [sic]" she tweeted.
It was all started when Samyuktha Hegde with her friends was doing exercise at a lake park on Friday evening, 4 September. The actress alleged that Kavitha Reddy abused her for wearing sports dress and assaulted them in the heat of the moment.
The incident garnered wide coverage after the videos of the altercation went viral. However, Kavitha Reddy had denied the allegations and claimed that the girls were playing loud music and abused the security guard for asking them to stop it.
Speaking to a leading daily, Samyuktha Hegde said that an elderly couple abused them for wearing "ïndecent clothes."
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Video 1 and 2, you can see the lady clearly (kavitha reddy) charging at my friend and attempting to hit her Video 3: after she tried to assault my friend, when we were waiting for the police to arrive some People in the park who knew her started supporting her and playing moral police and asking us if it is our culture to wear sports wear Video 4: this man in the red checkered shirt and about 10 men with her arrived right before the police did and started threatening us. His name is Anil, and you can clearly hear him threatening me. In my line of work even false news is enough to destroy my career and he threatened me exactly of that and the police stood there and just watched. This is when i decided to go live and have our side of the story put out there in the open After being in a democracy and following all the norms of social distancing, we were abused and ridiculed by Kavitha Reddy and the mob in Agara Lake for practicing our hoolahoop while wearing sportswear. Despite being polite and trying to solve the problem, the lady hit my friend and used disparaging remarks about me and my friends Was extremely disappointed with how the police who came to the location behaved , like nothing was wrong and spoke to her with respect while asked us to be quite. The cops stood there while her mob harassed us and even after requesting the police continuously, they decided to stand there and support this (proof on igtv) Yesterday was really hard and it was so disturbing to go through this When we went to the police station, everyone there already knew her and spoke to her nicely and saw us like we were wrong. The only police who spoke to us with some respect and told her she was wrong was the inspector is the hsr police station muni reddy, he asked us both to file our respective complaints and he left. We wrote the complaint and gave it to the police. The police present there refused to give us an acknowledgement for the same. Its not easy being strong around people who are trying to break you, and having to listen to so many people harass us for doing nothing. THIS IS JUST WRONG I request you all for your support ? @blrcitypolice #thisiswrong #punishkavithareddy
"Are you cabaret dancers? What sort of clothes are you wearing? A@&&&@s! If you wear such clothes and something happens to you the next time, don't come crying to anyone," ' she told us and continued hurling abuses. Soon after, about ten boys joined her," the actress is quoted as saying by The Times of India.
The boys around them threatened the actress and her friends of fixing them in the ongoing drug scandal. Samyuktha Hegde claims that she lady then assaulted her and she recorded the incident on phone. However, when the issue reached the police station, the cops did not find anything wrong with the actress and her friends.