While various Bollywood celebrities criticised playback singer Kanika Kapoor over her "irresponsible" behaviour of failing to abide by self-quarantine during COVID-19 outbreak after her return from London, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor has come out in her support.
Speaking in Kanika's defence, Sonam tweeted, "Hey guys @TheKanikakapoor came back on the 9th. India was not self isolating but playing Holi (sic)."
Sonam is herself in the isolation period after she returned from London last week with husband Anand Ahuja.
Hey guys @TheKanikakapoor came back on the 9th. India was not self isolating but playing Holi.
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) March 21, 2020
Sonam also met with several counter arguments by her own fans and followers. A user wrote, "By now we all know that you aren't too bright. But still let make things clear to you. Read slowly: irrespective of when she came, she was supposed to follow a self discipline of maintaining social distancing for 14 days. You ve just come back - you are supposed to do the same (sic)." Another user wrote, "Indians staying in India were not at risk in holi."
Many other tweets trolled Sonam. Adding on to Kanika's critics, veteran singer and composer Bappi Lahiri said the first mistake she made was to return from London. He said, "That the first mistake she made...It was irresponsible on her part (sic)."
Bappi added, "I am an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha. I will pray for her quick recovery. She will get well soon (sic)." Earlier, Akshay Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Sona Mohapatra and Ashoke Pandit had slammed Kanika for callous attitude.
Kanika, best known for songs like Baby Doll and Da Da Dasse, confirmed the news of being tested positive for the novel coronavirus, by sharing a lengthy post on her official Instagram account. Kanika, who had allegedly flown into India from London 10 days ago, claimed that she began to develop flu-like symptoms four days ago.
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Hello everyone, For the past 4 days I have had signs of flu, I got myself tested and it came positive for Covid-19. My family and I are in complete quarantine now and following medical advice on how to move forward. Contact mapping of people I have been in touch with is underway aswell. I was scanned at the airport as per normal procedure 10days ago when I came back home, the symptoms have developed only 4 days ago. At this stage I would like to urge you all to practice self isolation and get tested if you have the signs. I am feeling ok, like a normal flu and a mild fever, however we need to be sensible citizens at this time and think of all around us. We can get through this without panic only if we listen to the experts and our local, state and central government directives. Wishing everyone good health. Jai Hind ! Take care, KK A post shared by Kanika Kapoor (@kanik4kapoor) on Mar 20, 2020 at 1:22am PDT
A criminal complaint was filed against singer Kanika Kapoor before a Bihar court on Saturday accusing her of neglecting and disobeying an order issued by a public servant to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
The complaint was lodged by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Satish Chandra. It alleged that Kapoor hid the fact that she was infected with the coronavirus. The matter will come up for hearing on March 31.
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