Cricketer Hardik Pandya and his wife and Serbian actress Natasa Stankovic just gave birth to a baby boy. And while the news should invoke congratulatory reactions and good wishes, in India, the news has led to salacious gossip.
On July 30th, Pandya announced that he and Stankovic were “blessed with a baby boy,” on social media. Wishes immediately poured in with India skipper Virat Kohli being one of the first to wish the cricketer. He was followed by not just the other Indian players, but also chief coach Ravi Shastri.
But the trolling followed soon after. Many Indian Twitter users thought it was smart to poke fun at Pandya and Stankovic who had their baby soon after they announced their engagement and pregnancy. Many have been left wondering if Pandya is indeed married to Stankovic or if the child was born out of wedlock.
Others joked about how the baby will get to attend its parents’ wedding.
But is Hardik Pandya married to Stankovic?
The answer is, yes. As per reports, the duo got hitched during the lockdown in a rather quiet ceremony. Photos from the ceremony soon went viral after they surfaced on Instagram. Reports in Filmfare also confirmed that the duo were married. Pandya had first announced his engagement to Stankovic in January.
But the fact that this is a point of discussion at all is simply crass and insensitive gossip-mongering. At a time when people should be congratulating the couple for their baby news, people are busy making mean jokes at the cost of an innocent, newborn kid.
Not just Pandya and Stankovic, Twitter trolls found myriad ways to mock the couple. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma became unwitting butts of the joke as well when trolls started demanding that now they too should have a kid.
Heck, trolls did not even spare little Taimur Ali Khan, the son of actors Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Jokes about Taimur feeling insecure at not being the most popular celebrity kid in India poured in despite the fact that Taimur is still a babbling toddler and has no idea what trolling or stardom is.
In conclusion, it seems that what Indians really need is perhaps a life and a few lessons on how to respect other people’s privacy.
For future reference, here are all the things that you should NOT do on social media when a celebrity announces personal news such as the birth of their child.
Don’t ask if the baby was born out of wedlock.
Don’t be mean and gossipy.
Don’t make crass sexual innuendoes.
Don’t compare the child’s popularity to other star kids.
And don’t bug Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma for a kid.