YouTuber Shubham Mishra publically issued a rape threat to a female comedian, because he was offended by her stand-up video - something she had already apologized for.
Trigger warning for abusive content (rape, sexism, racism).
Recently, comedian Agrima Joshua's stand-up act offended supporters of Chatrapati Shivaji. After an MLA threatened to fire an FIR against her, she issued a public apology and took down the video.
I am sorry for having hurt the sentiments of the many followers of the great leader Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. My heartfelt apologies to followers of the great leader, who I sincerely respect. The video has already been taken down. Please amplify.— Agrima Joshua 🇮🇳 (@Agrimonious) July 10, 2020
For starters, her joke, in no way, defamed Chatrapati Shivaji. Secondly, if the sentiments of a particular community were hurt by her comments, then they were free to take a legal course of action - just as MLA Pratap Sarnaik threatened to do.
छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराजांचा अवमान करणाऱ्या मुजोर कॉमेडियन अग्रीमा जोशुआला ताबडतोब अटक करण्यासंदर्भात मी गृहमंत्री मा. श्री. @AnilDeshmukhNCP यांना पत्र लिहिले आहे. आपण या विषयांची अत्यंत गंभीर दखल घेऊन असल्या विकृत कॉमेडियन ला अटक करून कडक कायदेशीर कारवाई करावी अशी माझी मागणी आहे. pic.twitter.com/AGuzgYpmtR— Pratap Sarnaik (@PratapSarnaik) July 10, 2020
However, issuing a rape threat, to not just the person in question, but to all of her female family members, is not just a vile and disgusting thing to do but also, punishable by law. And it's time that Shubham Mishra is arrested, because, rape and death threats have become far too common in our society.
While NCW has asked for immediate action, he is yet to be arrested.
Keeping in line with #NCW's commitment towards ensuring safety of #women online, our Chairperson @sharmarekha has written to @dgpgujarat for taking immediate action against Shubham Mishra, the man hurling abuses against a female comedian in this video.@kunalkamra88 @SaketGokhale https://t.co/6zfr6IEbyX— NCW (@NCWIndia) July 11, 2020
Time after time, females, those who exist in public eye and those who don't, are threatened with rape, death, and torture online. Because people are confident in the belief that no legal action will be taken against them.
Shubham Mishra is a YouTuber with over 298k subscribers on the channel and over 35k followers on Instagram. And hurling abuses is a common element of his 'social media presence'.
Look what the Scumbag Shubham Mishra who made rape threats to a female comedian for her Objectionable joke, here's him using Maratha King Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad's name in a very objectionable manner. His respect for National hero’s & intentions are questionable... pic.twitter.com/DB9twiUuS8— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) July 12, 2020
In fact, when social media called out for Shubham's arrest, his response was to take the video down and justify it by stating that his video was recorded in anger.
If comments in the name of comedy can be subjected to FIR, then why is abusive language, particularly directed towards women not being punished by law?
How can rape culture be allowed to no just exist, but rather, thrive on social media? Why are there no actions, by social medial platforms, against content that is abusive, sexist, and life-threatening in nature?
All of these are clones of Hindustani Bhau.— Sahil Shah 🇮🇳 (@SahilBulla) July 12, 2020
We watched his videos. Laughed at his antics. Celebrated his entry into Big Boss.
Great. This is his legacy. This sick disgusting excuse of a human being.
Find him. Arrest him. And keep him away from any human interaction. https://t.co/oi9mnmhZqI
Unless swift, firm, and strict actions are taken by authorities against Shubham Mishra, people like him will continue to believe they enjoy unwarranted impunity, no matter their actions. It's time to call out abusive behavior and ensure, that social media is a safe place for women.