Actress-politician Nusrat Jahan Ruhi's image used on dating app without consent, Probe initiated
In a shocking incident, actress and All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Nusrat Jahan Ruhi's picture was used by a video chat app without her consent, following which she filed a complaint with the Kolkata Police Cyber Cell seeking action. In the advertisement posted by the FancyU video dating app, the actress turned politician's photograph was used in an advertisement apparently available on Facebook without her permission being sought.
Ms Jahan, 30, in her complaint letter to the cyber cell on Monday stated, "Advertisement is malicious and erring in nature and completely unacceptable,". FancyU's advertisement tagline featuring Nusrat Jahan's photo read as follows: "Sit at home and make new friends during the lockdown". In the ad, a photograph of the actress along with the caption, "Find out more about her", is written on it, with her name not being mentioned. A screenshot of the ad and her complaint letter was then shared by the MP from Basirhat in West Bengal. Apparently, the advertisement was brought to Nusrat Jahan's attention by a Facebook user.
Soon after Ms Jahan's tweet, the Kolkata Police detective department launched a probe into the controversy. The app, which also has a Hindi version available as well, has described itself as, "FancyU allows you to instantly connect with random people and make friends globally within seconds! Your chance is here, download FancyU today and explore the world!" After being tagged by the city's police chief, Kolkata's Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, in a tweet wrote, "We have taken a note of the matter and the same is being looked into by our concerned section for necessary action,".
Nusrat Jahan Ruhi has acted in more than 20 Bengali films to date among which two are awaiting their releases. Representing the Trinamool Congress, she won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Basirhat in West Bengal by over three lakh votes and was one among the 17 women who were fielded by Mamata Banerjee in the national elections.
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