Slapstick comedian Agrima Joshua, who obtained rape threats after a 2019 efficiency was claimed by some to have insulted Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, could face authorized motion if she is discovered responsible of insulting a state, and nationwide, icon, Maharashtra Dwelling Minister Anil Deshmukh stated.
Motion has, nonetheless, been taken in opposition to 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 in opposition to one among a number of males who abused and issued rape threats.
“Relating to humorist Agrima Joshua’s feedback on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, we’ll determine on motion after taking authorized opinion on the matter,” the Dwelling Minister stated.
“However we’ve acted in opposition to Umesh Dada, alias Imtiaz Shaikh, for his feedback on a girl. His offensive feedback have been handled by authorized motion,” he added.
Many have spoken in assist 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 now have potholes on the streets, there are not any beds out there in hospitals and ladies aren’t secure… however all of will probably be mentioned later. To start with, how can this comic converse like this. First motion needs to be taken in opposition to her,” Mr Das stated in a video assertion.
“After which often some well-known particular person will take part saying this joke is offensive too after which an enormous group will say that is offensive, that is offensive, that is offensive. After which all of you wait (within the video he takes a swipe at somebody making a speech however not taking questions from the press over a telephone name). And you’ve got taught that comic a lesson. That you’ll not tolerate what’s offensive,” he stated.
Earlier Agrima Joshua issued an apology for her feedback.
“I want to apologise to everybody from the NCP, Shiv Sena, Congress and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena who has been damage by the feedback. I couldn’t personally apologise as I keep in (a coronavirus) pink zone however I hope you’ll settle for my apology,” she stated in a video posted on-line.
I’m sorry for having damage the emotions of the numerous followers of the nice chief Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. My heartfelt apologies to followers of the nice chief, who I sincerely respect. The video has already been taken down. Please amplify.
— Agrima Joshua 🇮🇳 (@Agrimonious) July 10, 2020
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s workplace, Shiv Sena chief and cupboard minister Aaditya Thackeray, Mr Deshmukh, Energy Minister Nitin Raut (who’s from the Congress) and MNS chief Raj Thackeray had been tagged in that publish.
Regardless of 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.