Union Minister Smriti Irani has decided to name and shame the bully in her daughter’s class after learning about the ridicule that Zoish Irani faced because of her selfie shared by her mother on Instagram.
Irani regretted deleting a selfie of her daughter that she had posted from her Instagram account. She said that her daughter was in tears when she requested her to delete the selfie since one of her classmates had mocked her for the way she looked in the photo. According to Irani, the boy, who she identified as A Jha, also encouraged other friends to do the same.
Irani wrote, “I deleted my daughter’s selfie yesterday coz an idiot bully in her class, A Jha, mocks her for her looks & tells his pals in class to humiliate her for how she looks in her mother’s insta post. My child pleaded with me ‘ Ma please delete it, they are making fun of me’. I obliged coz I could not stand her tears.”
However, hours later, the fire-brand union minister took to Instagram to post the same photo again (see below) since her earlier action had inadvertantly ‘supported the bully.’ “Then I realised my act just supported the bully,” she wrote.
Addressing the boy in her daughter’s class, Irani continued, “So Mr Jha , my daughter is an accomplished sports person, record holder in Limca Books, 2 Nd Dan black belt in Karate, at the World Championships has been awarded bronze medal twice; is a loving daughter and yes damn beautiful. Bully her all you want , she will fight back. She is Zoish Irani and I’m proud to be her Mom.”
Her extraordinary post evoked plenty of reacting from celebrities and other social media users alike, making her story go viral. Actress Divya Seth Shah wrote, “YES! Fight back Zo.. you are gorgeous in every which way. Insecure bully can cower in your glory! Shine on darling.” Acor Maniesh Paul wrote, “Thats the way!!” Actress Jaswir Kaur commented, “The people who bully others r not confident about themselves they r weak, one should reply them saying “get well soon.”
Last month, while responding to a user’s comment, Irani had praised her daughter for her achievements. She had written, ” “Beti ko do bronze medal mile same championship mein. Kyu har jagah jung karvate ho (My daughter got two bronze medals in the same championship. Why do you have to cause a war everywhere?)”
This was after a user jovially reminded her that her son’s success in this year’s CBSE Class 12 exams had come as a saving grace for boys since most of this year’s toppers were girls.