Anushka Sharma on Saturday scolded a passerby for throwing garbage on the road from his car. Virat Kohli posted the video on Instagram, sparking a nationwide debate. The man later slammed Anushka and Virat for making their confrontation public and called the latter a trashy mind.
The man's mother too lashed out at the couple, accusing them of violating her son's basic rights to privacy and said that she is now concerned about his safety.
While netizens were divided after watching Anushka call out the man for littering in public, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, came out in support of the couple and gave his two cents on the issue in a sarcastic response.
"C'mon, Virat & Anushka need publicity!! They would rather crave for privacy!! Our conduct reflects our mentality. Civic sense is social ethics and ethical behaviour doesn't come with wealth & education. Let's keep India clean. #SwachhBharat," Rijiju tweeted on Monday.
However, Twitter users begged to differ with Rijiju and requested him not to defend someone's arrogance. Though there were also quite a few who agreed with the minister's statement. Take a look.
"Sir but the person also deserves privacy. You cannot demonize a person publicly by posting his pictures online," a user objected.
While another seconded Rijiju's thoughts and said, "I do it all the time too. So does my daughter. Civic sense has to be pushed into people."
Tweeting in support of Virat and Anushka, a user wrote, "I am with @imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma. They did the right thing. Most don't even bother when something happens like this around. It needs courage and awareness."
"Sir, Lets agree to disagree. As much as Sawch bharat abhiyan is great initiate, we can accept cheap behavior from so called INDIAN CELEBRITIES. They shall learn how to behave in public. They being successful doesn't allow them to break the laws," a user begged to differ with Rijiju.
सेलेब्रिटीज़ अगर इस तरह की सकारात्मक शुरुआत करके उसे पब्लिक करते हैं तो वे सिर्फ इंस्पायर ही कर रहे होते हैं @AnushkaSharma को पब्लिसिटी की जरूरत नही है हम उनका शुक्रिया अता करते है कि वे or @imVkohli दोनो #SwachhBharat के प्रति इतने गम्भीर हैं
— त्रिजटा चौधरी (@trijata7) June 18, 2018
I do it all the time too. So does my daughter. Civic sense has to be pushed into people. — sangeeta singh (@sangeetasingh77) June 18, 2018
— RT (@ritesht2) June 18, 2018
Dear Sri @KirenRijiju your this is epitome of what has gone wrong with your govt. I can understand the temptation on your part to cozying up with Page 3 Celebs. What a degradation from being People's Representative to being Spokesperson for the duo. Pack your bags, 2019 is here! — Ishank (@SimplyIshank) June 18, 2018
Sir, Lets agree to disagree. As much as Sawch bharat abhiyan is great initiate, we can accept cheap behavior from so called INDIAN CELEBRITIES. They shall learn how to behave in public. They being successful doesn't allow them to break the laws.
— Kirtesh Kumar Trived (@KumarKirtesh) June 18, 2018
They didn't do this for publicity but as celeb a better behaviour is expected , there was little need to be hard and rude — Keep Smiling (@upma23) June 18, 2018
— Swaraj Shetty (@swarajshetty) June 18, 2018
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