The Bengaluru police have arrested a man for allegedly stalking and harassing Malayalam actress Reba Monica John and pressuring her to marry him.
The accused has been identified as Franklin Whisil, 28, who stays in Electronic City. The Madiwala police arrested him on Thursday after actress Reba, a resident of Koramangala Ist block, filed a complaint accusing him of stalking her for more than a year and sending her indecent messages.
Model-turned-actress Reba, who debuted opposite Nivin Pauly in last year's Vineeth Sreenivasan film Jacobinte Swargarajyam, has been a resident of Bengaluru for the last 13 years.
In her complaint, the actress alleged that she used to go to the St Anthony's Church on Hosur Main Road in Madiwala on Sundays. She noticed that Franklin had been following her from the church back to her residence or wherever she went since October last year.
Later, Frankiln, who works with a private firm located in Basavanagudi, managed to collect Reba's phone number and allegedly began sending her messages, demanding that she "love him back" and marry him. He also sent her some vulgar messages, and that's when Reba decided to go to the cops.
“I had warned him in the church on May 7 not to send messages or follow me. He was silent for two months and then started sending messages and harassing me mentally," the actress stated in her complaint.
Though Reba's parents had requested the cops to let off Franklin with a warning, the Madiwala police have filed a criminal case against him. “Whisil was charged with IPC section 354D (stalking) and produced before the court. Later, he was released on bail,“ a Times of India report quoted a police officer as saying.
Reba shot to the limelight after she came second runner-up in a Malayalam TV reality show back in 2013. She went on to act in a few commercial before landing the role as Nivin's love interest in Jacobinte Swargarajyam.