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It’s sad that this still needs to be said. Trigger Warning.
In a video that was posted in 2019, comedian Agrima Joshua
had a couple of jokes to crack about the statue of Chatrrapati Shivaji Maharaj. In doing so, she recently offended certain groups of people, especially the Shiv Sena. The government got involved, legal action was taken, and Agrima took down her video while issuing an apology.
Meanwhile, in retaliation to the stand-up act, as many as eight MNS supporters vandalised ‘The Habitat’, a venue in Khar, Mumbai, where the act was performed, and demanded an apology from Agrima.
Soon after, a YouTuber named Shubham Mishra posted a video in which he passed some incredibly vile and derogatory remarks against Agrima while also issuing rape threats to her. This was met with a large amount of censure, including a demand for Shubham’s arrest.
Following the condemnation, Mishra took down his video and apologised for his abusive remarks. However, people were quick to point out how his apology was half-assed and that he had basically learnt nothing.
It is not surprising to learn that Shubham’s apology was half-hearted. Considering how deep-rooted the patriarchy and misogyny is, the idea of ‘teaching a woman a lesson’ by using rape as a power tool, isn’t seen as something out of the ordinary by many.
On the 12th of July, Shubham was detained by the Vadodara City Police and legal action was initiated against him.
While his arrest was warranted, it is imperative to note that Shubham Mishra wasn’t the only miscreant. A multitude of men posted similar disturbing videos wherein they slut-shamed Agrima and spouted graphic rape threats. And there will be many more who will undoubtedly go scot-free. Trigger Warning:
However, the biggest takeaway from this incident is that nobody is supposed to threaten a person with rape, no matter what they say. Being offended does not give one the licence to terrorise someone with dire consequences, especially physical assault.
It’s sad that it’s 2020 and we still have to talk about this when it should be a known fact.
While throwing light upon the normalisation of rape culture, this instance also tells us a lot about how we’re responsible for putting certain YouTube influencers, who basically do the same thing, on a pedestal.
All in all, this call for people to be “united in empathy” so as to undercut the negativity, is perhaps a good, if not the best solution to this problem:
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