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Action Likely Against Comedian Over Shivaji Comment, Her Abusers Arrested

Agrima Joshua has apologised and deleted the video deemed offensive


Stand-up comic Agrima Joshua, who acquired rape threats after a 2019 efficiency was claimed by some to have insulted Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, might face authorized motion if she is discovered responsible of insulting a state, and nationwide, icon, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh mentioned.

Action has, nevertheless, been taken towards those that harassed and abused Ms Joshua on-line and threatened her with rape, he added.

Mumbai’s Cyber Crime Police Station has booked and arrested Umesh Dada, alias Imtiaz Shaikh, a resident of Palghar district, for sexual harassment and different offences after he an abusive video.

Police in Gujarat’s Vadodara have acted towards one in all a number of males who abused and issued rape threats.

“Regarding stand-up comedian Agrima Joshua’s comments on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, we will decide on action after taking legal opinion on the matter,” the Home Minister mentioned.

“But we have acted against Umesh Dada, alias Imtiaz Shaikh, for his comments on a woman. His offensive comments have been dealt with by legal action,” he added.

Many have spoken in help of Ms Joshua, together with fellow comic Vir Das, calling out these threats and demanding motion, significantly after she apologised and deleted the video.

“We have potholes on the streets, there are no beds available in hospitals and women are not safe… but all of it will be discussed later. First of all, how can this comedian speak like this. First action should be taken against her,” Mr Das mentioned in a video assertion.

“And then usually some famous person will join in saying this joke is offensive too and then a huge community will say that’s offensive, that’s offensive, that’s offensive. And then all of you wait (in the video he takes a swipe at someone making a speech but not taking questions from the press over a phone call). And you have taught that comedian a lesson. That you will not tolerate what is offensive,” he mentioned.

Earlier Agrima Joshua issued an apology for her feedback.

“I would like to apologise to everyone from the NCP, Shiv Sena, Congress and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena who has been hurt by the comments. I could not personally apologise as I stay in (a coronavirus) red zone but I hope you will accept my apology,” she mentioned in a video posted on-line.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s workplace, Shiv Sena chief and cupboard minister Aaditya Thackeray, Mr Deshmukh, Power Minister Nitin Raut (who’s from the Congress) and MNS chief Raj Thackeray had been tagged in that publish.

Despite Ms Joshua’s apology, tensions proceed to run excessive in Mumbai over this incident.

On Saturday an auditorium within the metropolis’s Khar space was attacked as a result of it was the venue the place Ms Joshua carried out final yr and made the unlucky feedback.

She had remarked on a deliberate statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj within the Arabian Sea.

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