26-year-old Gujarat man held for hurling abuses, giving rape threats to stand-up comedian: Cops
A 26-year-old man from Gujarat’s Vadodara was arrested on Sunday night following outrage over his video that surfaced on social media where he could be seen hurling abuses at a woman stand-up comedian, police said.
Shubham Mishra had posted the video on his Instagram account on Saturday. He could be heard passing the derogatory remarks against Agrima Joshua and issuing rape threats over her year-old video on Maratha king Shivaji’s statue in Maharashtra.
Vadodara City Police took suo moto action against Mishra for uploading and sharing the video.
“We have detained him and initiated legal process for registration of FIR against him under relevant section of IPC and IT act,” they wrote on Twitter.
Mishra’s arrest came as the National Commission for Women (NCW) sought immediate action against him.
The commission’s chairperson Rekha Sharma wrote to Gujarat’s director general of police (DGP) Shivanand Jha regarding the video that was going viral.
“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,” Sharma said in the letter.
NCW also took to Twitter to inform about Mishra’s arrest and reassured people about their commitment to the safety of women.
“Following @NCWIndia Chairperson @sharmarekha’s letter to #DGPGujarat, Vadodara Police has arrested Shubham Mishra. #NCW hopes this would be a lesson for all those who threaten women online. We are committed towards ensuring safety and security of #women,” the NCW tweeted.
Mishra later took down the video and apologised for the abusive comments he made.