(This story was first published in the Times of India on July 12, 2020)
registered an FIR against
, a resident of Atladara area in Vadodara, for abusing a stand-up comedian and arrested him on Sunday night. The move came after the
(NCW) on Sunday sought immediate action against Mishra for hurling abuses at
Twenty-six-year-old Mishra had on Saturday posted a video on his Instagram account wherein he is seen sitting in a car and hurling abuses at stand-up comedian Agrima Joshua who had made some funny remarks on
’s statue to be made in Maharashtra. Video of her act that is over a year old went viral on social media over the last two days following which Joshua received a lot of flak as well as support online.
Joshua removed her video and even apologized after Maharashtra home minister
directed the police to take legal action against her for her remarks on Shivaji Maharaj. Mishra on Saturday posted a video where he used crass language for Joshua and also allegedly gave rape threats. Stand-up comedians like Kunal Kamra came out in her support and sought action against Mishra whose father runs a security firm in the city.
In a letter to Gujarat director general of police (DGP) Shivanand Jha, the NCW said it has been tagged in a video posted on Twitter in which the man can be seen hurling abuses and giving rape threats to the woman. “The NCW is committed to creating safe online space for women and ensuring cyber security to women and is perturbed by the rise in use of cyberspace to instigate crime against women,” NCW chairperson, Rekha Sharma said in the letter sent late on Saturday night.
“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 a feedback be apprised to the Commission,” Sharma said. Mishra, who is HSC failed, deleted his abusive video and has posted a long apology on his Instagram account.
Mishra said in his post apologized to Joshua and said that he didn’t give any rape threat. He said that he felt deep shame for making such a derogatory video and so he has deleted it. Mishra has promised online that he will go live on Monday to talk further about the issue. “We have filed FIR against Joshua under the IT Act and other relevant acts,” said Jaydeepsinh Jadeja, DCP (crime).