Actress Samyuktha Hegde shares ordeal of being abused while working out

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Published: September 5,2020 02:32 PM
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September 5, 2020: Actor Samyuktha Hegde released a video on social media where she claims how she and her three friends were abused and assaulted by a woman while they were working out in a park

September 5, 2020: Actor Samyuktha Hegde released a video on social media where she claims how she and her three friends were abused and assaulted by a woman while they were working out in a park in Bengaluru. In the video, Samyuktha also shared how several men in the park joined the woman and hurled abuses at her.





The actress has alleged that she was heckled by a group of people led by AICC member Kavitha Reddy for wearing a sports bra in a public place.



“It so happened that we were three girls working out and doing hoola-hoops when an elderly woman came and attacked us. She said we are doing cabaret dancing and even hit one of my friends,” Samyuktha shared in the video where she looks visibly shaken by the incident.





Samyuktha Hedge recorded the altercation on Instagram live, and said that the crowd that gathered accused her of consuming drugs just because she is an actor. In another video of the incident, a man can be clearly seen threatening her that he will tell the media that she was doing drugs. Kavitha Reddy also called the police to the spot, and in the video she and other members of the crowd can be heard saying that Samyuktha and her friends must be booked for public indecency.





“This is so wrong. I had my pullover on. We came here and I removed it and did my warmup. We were just exercising with hoops and this woman (referring to Kavitha Reddy) came up to us and started saying that we were being indecent for wearing a sports bra in a public place. We were just exercising by ourselves. Now the people here are saying that we consume drugs. Just because the drug case is being talked about, they are accusing us of consuming drugs,” Samyuktha Hedge said in her Instagram live as she broke down in tears. She also removed her pullover again for the camera and for the police to show them what she was wearing inside.





According to Samyuktha, the police arrived at the spot and told her and her friends to leave. However, the crowd locked the gate to the park surrounding the lake and did not let them leave. A person in the crowd also hit Samyuktha on her hand when she tried to open the gate.



“This is so, so wrong. This was done in broad daylight and in a public park. And the woman (Kavitha reddy) hurled abuses at us for simply wearing workout clothes. What was it that we did wrong that my friends and I were attacked and verbally abused. This is moral policing and it has to stop,” Samyuktha said in the video.