Kolkata: Actor and Trinamool Lok Sabha MP from Basirhat Nusrat Jahan has lodged a complaint with Kolkata Police and also threatened legal action against a video dating app for using her photo “without consent”. Jahan took to Twitter on Monday morning to complain about the “misuse of her photograph” after a Twitter user tagged her and wanted to know whether she had given her consent for the use of her photograph or not.
“This is totally unacceptable—using pictures without consent. Would request the Cyber Cell of @KolkataPolice to kindly look into the same. I am ready to take this up legally,” Nusrat tweeted, tagging the Kolkata Police and Kolkata Police commissioner Anuj Sharma. Sharma asked the detective department to look into the complaint. “We have taken note of the matter and the same is being looked into by our concerned section for necessary action,” the detective department, led by joint CP Murlidhar Sharma, tweeted.
A Twitter user, Bhaswati, who tagged Jahan, wrote: “The face of an MP-heroine is being used in a video chat app, without her permission. How is that possible?”
The app, claimed users, allowed people to video chat with strangers they connected with globally. In its poster, the app used Nusrat’s photo with a caption: “Make new friends sitting at home during lockdown”. In the first two months of lockdown, the app reportedly recorded over a million downloads in India.
Nusrat said she lodged a strong protest against the incident. “ My face was used by them without my consent. I informed commissioner Sharma about it. I am in touch with the Kolkata Police cyber cell,” she said. By evening, she emailed her complaint to OC, cyber cell. “This is to bring to your notice an advertisement that is being circulated on Facebook in the form of a sponsored post using my picture in an unauthorized manner without my consent. I have attached the screenshot…” Nusrat wrote in her complaint.