Tamil Nadu scribes condemn arrest of Dina Malar editor

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Chennai, Oct 8 (ANI): The Madras Union of Journalists (MUJ) condemned the arrest of the editor of the Tamil daily Dina Malar, B Lenin, saying it was unwarranted and that the police had overreacted.

Lenin was arrested on Wednesday, for publishing a statement issued by television actress Bhuvaneshwari in which she had made some allegations against several top Tamil film industry stars.

Dina Malar had claimed that Bhuvaneshwari had been arrested recently on charges of prostitution and had named some of Kollywood stars as her clients in her confession statement.

Lenin was charged under Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Women Harassment (Prevention) Act (TNWHA) based on a complaint filed by Radha Ravi, the general secretary of the South Indian Film Artistes Association.

The MUJ's emergency meeting on Thursday would decide on the future course of action.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu film industry has shown unprecedented unity over the issue and voiced their discontent over the publication of the report.

They claimed that the publication had maligned actors and demanded action against the newspaper.

Though the newspaper also carried a regret note for its October 5 report it was published on the bases of the actress' confession, the film industry is peeved over the wild allegations. (ANI)

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