Local’s 2-year ordeal deepens
Businesswoman says harasser’s ‘husband’ is spreading lies about her
THE two-year saga of a city businesswoman, Kavitha Nerputh, being harassed on social media has taken a new turn with defamatory comments being made under the Facebook profile of her alleged harasser’s “husband”.
But the man, Nitesh Singh, denies spreading lies about Nerputh on Facebook and says he has not posted anything about her.
On Christmas Eve, Nerputh applied for another harassment order against Singh, following a similar application against his “wife/partner”, Yugeshnie Reddy. An interim order was granted.
Nerputh said in the application that in August 2017, she had applied for a protection-against-harassment order against Reddy, Singh’s “wife/partner”. The matter was in court 14 times and has been set down for an inquiry in March.
Reddy hit back, bringing a counter-application, which has been combined with Nerputh’s matter for hearing.
“The harassment against me has continued unabated. It has intensified now during the festive season. I approached the police and opened a criminal case. Since the police began their investigations, the harassment has gotten even worse,” said Nerputh.
Nerputh said she has been targeted on the Post newspaper’s Facebook page by Singh. Police contacted Reddy about this and she said the posts were not made by her, but by her husband.
“He has been spreading vicious lies about me, falsely claiming I am obsessed with him,” said Nerputh.
She said Singh also said on that page that she is a “common prostitute”.
“My business [Forever Tea Company] is also being targeted. He makes direct reference to my business and also falsely claims I am an extortionist,” she said.
Reasons for Nerputh wanting the order included that the lies were causing distress to her family.
“Random people are contacting me because of a fake profile that he is sharing … that contains my personal details. I am now the target of numerous unknown sexual predators and request urgent assistance.”
The interim harassment order was served on Singh.
Despite this, he allegedly made defamatory comments about Nerputh on his own Facebook page. Nerputh told police and Singh was charged with contravening an interdict order and appeared in court.
The case was adjourned.
On Friday, Singh appeared in the harassment court to provide reasons why the temporary interdict should not be confirmed.
He was represented by attorney Reshen Pillay. Reddy was also present to support him.
Nerputh opted to represent herself. Pillay said that Singh denies the allegations and denies posting anything on his Facebook page about Nerputh.
“He [Singh] too wants to get to the bottom of this ... he wants to try and find out who it was who made the posts,” said Pillay.
Nerputh told the court this could be established by going onto Singh’s Facebook page and checking on the settings to determine when and from where posts were made. The magistrate said it was not that simple and that some sort of expert needed to establish this.
The case was adjourned for information from Facebook about the posts.
Nitesh Singh and his wife Yugeshnie Reddy are allegedly harrassing businesswoman Kavitha Nerputh.
Businesswoman Kavitha Nerputh.