Mumbai: After Shubham Mishra, another 28-year-old YouTuber was arrested on Monday for allegedly posting an abusive and threatening video on social media against stand up comedian Agrima Joshua. Also Read - Finally! YouTuber Shubham Mishra Booked By Vadodara Police For Rape Threats To Comedian Agrima Joshua
Imtiyaz Sheikh, who uses the profile ‘Umesh Dada’ on Youtube, posted a video where he was seen giving rape threats to Agrima because he felt offended by her joke. He was held from Nalasopara in Palghar district after Mumbai police’s Cyber Branch took suo motu cognizance of the upload.
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After the arrest, the official handle of Mumbai Police tweeted, “Mumbai Police’s Cyber Crime Branch has taken a Suo Moto action in an abusive & threatening video, shared on social media by the accused operating the handle with a pseudonym Umesh Dada. He‘s been arrested & booked under relevant sections of IPC & IT Act #WomensSafety.”
He has been arrested under sections 354A (sexual harassment), 294 (obscene acts or words in public) of IPC and provisions of the Information Technology Act.
Speaking on the matter, DCP (cyber) Rashmi Karandikar told the Indian Express, “We have arrested the person running the Umesh Dada handle from Nallasopara in Palghar district. There are two others who we have found involved in a similar video. We will track them down and take action against them as well.”
On Sunday, 26-year-old YouTuber Shubham Mishra was also detained by the Vadodra city police, after National Commission of Women (NCW) addressed the issue by writing to the Gujarat Police, on receiving multiple complaints from comedians and celebrities. In a vile and distasteful video, Shubham was seen sitting in a car, describing in graphic details as to how he would rape stand up comedian Agrima Joshua.
Notably, Joshua has at the receiving end of abuses, trolling and rape threats ever since her 2-year-old joke on Chhatrapati Shivaji’s upcoming statue in Maharashtra went viral.
She deleted the video, apologised for hurting sentiments but the cycle of abuse directed at her didn’t stop. More so, MNS party members vandalised Joshua’s performance venue ‘The Habitat’ in Khar and streamed it live.