After a bunch of actors and comedians – the likes of Swara Bhaskar, Richa Chadda, Kunal Kamra, and Sumukhi Suresh – brought to attention a vile viral video, casually hurling abuses and rape threats at stand-up comic Agrima Joshua, the man responsible for the clip has been arrested.
Shubham Mishra, the 26-year-old man from Gujarat who had posted the video online, was arrested on Sunday night by Vadodara city police. The news was confirmed by the official Twitter handle of the police department.
The post read: “Vadodara City Police took suo moto action in respect of an abusive, threatening video which was uploaded and shared on Social media by Shubham Mishra. We have detained him and initiated legal process for registration of FIR against him under relevant section of IPC and IT act (sic).”
Vadodara City Police took suo moto action in respect of an abusive, threatening video which was uploaded and shared on Social media by Shubham Mishra.
We have detained him and initiated legal process for registration of FIR against him under relevent section of IPC and IT act. pic.twitter.com/XM6J8y4nDx
— Vadodara City Police (@Vadcitypolice) July 12, 2020
This comes following outrage over Shubham’s now-viral video, where the social media influencer can be seen making derogatory and abusive remarks targeting Agrima. Citing an old comedy sketch of the female comedian, where Agrima jokingly speculates over the state government’s plans to build a statue of the Chhatrapati Shivaji in the Arabian Sea, Shubham not only insults and abuses the comedian, but also issues a rape threat.
Further, he followed up the abuse-fest in his video by inciting his followers to follow in his footsteps and target the comedian.
Shubham’s violence-inciting video has since attracted a flurry of criticism online, with the National Commission for Women (NCW) taking it up and seeking immediate action against the miscreant.
"The NCW is committed to creating safe online space for women and ensuring cybersecurity to women and is perturbed by the rise in use of cyberspace to instigate crime against women," NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma wrote in a letter sent to Gujarat Director General of Police (DGP) Shivanand Jha on Saturday night.
She added, “Considering the sensitivity of the matter, it is requested that the immediate action shall be taken as per the Information Technology Act, 2000, against the miscreant and feedback be apprised to the Commission.”
@Vadcitypolice arrests Shubham Mishra, who had hurled abuses against a female stand up comedian. We thank @GujaratPolice
and @dgpgujarat for the swift action. @NCWIndia will continue working towards women safety.@kunalkamra88 https://t.co/2hgil4ces9
— NCW (@NCWIndia) July 12, 2020
(Edited by Saheli Sen Gupta)