This is one price that our celebrities pay for constantly being under the public scrutiny and trial in the 'Public ka Nyayalaya'.  

The latest in the list is the charming lady of Bollywood: Anushka Sharma. Her crime? Dating the current heart throb of the nation Virat Kohli. Never in her wildest of dreams, Ms. Sharma would have imagined that this innocuous, human act would prove to be the source of her misery.   

The two dated for about a year before calling it quits but remained good friends. They have been exchanging words of encouragement and appreciation for the performance of the other, whether a good performance in a movie or a great knock on field. 

Virat and Anushka have moved on in their respective lives but somehow the 'cricket crazy', 'tech-savvy' Indians are still living in the past, having a tough time to let the two go.

For some strange reason, Anushka was blamed for Virat's poor performances, and now as he is performing well (most recent being his brilliant knock against Australia on Sunday), still there is no relief for the poor girl.

Post the match she has been a subject of ridicule. Numerous derogatory tweets, humiliating posts, and slandering trolls have been hurled at her. All in the name of humour and sadly the trend continues unabated.

The actress raised her voice against this 'internet harassment' but shutting up a population of over 46 crores internet users proved to be an uphill task and eventually she gave up. This triggers the need for us to discuss the boundaries of humour and determine what amount of it becomes offensive and hurtful.

Where do we draw the line on much-hyped and headline-making 'freedom of expression'?

Just because the effects of this fundamental right cannot be seen physically, does an individual get to say whatever he/she wishes to? Criticism and having an opinion are two different things, forcing them on another human being and being disrespectful is another.

Wives and girlfriends of cricketers have always had to bear the additional burden of their virtual responsibility towards the players' performance.

With these acts, India has proven to be a pseudo-progressive nation over and over again. We are still surrounded by people, both men and women, who believe that it's a woman's duty to bring luck for her man and that it's fine to harass her or joke about if she fails to.

All I can say is that as a part of society, people need to rise above and move ahead from these stereotypes and as fans, they desperately need to know their limits.

- Ira Shukla

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