Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, July 15
After comic Agrime Joshua was focused by trolls and goons following a political outcry in opposition to an outdated joke, comic throughout the nation have been on the receiving finish of bitter trolling, abuse and threats.
Joshua was trolled, abused and given rape threats for an outdated clip during which she cracks a joke concerning the but to be constructed a statue of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj within the Arabian Sea, based mostly on what folks had been saying about it on Quora.
Due to the incessant trolling, Joshua took down the clip and apologised for hurting non secular sentiments. But the hate marketing campaign refused to die down.
The hate has unfold amongst different comedians.
Comedian and former member of AIB, Rohan Joshi, took to Instagram to announce that he can be going offline for a number of days after his private particulars had been leaked.
“Going offline for a few days. Number and address have been leaked online so the past few days have a circus of abuse and threats, 2 am phone calls and anxious spirals,” Joshi posted on his Instagram profile.
“I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone with my words, and I apologise without any qualifications and reservations for any words that I may have spoken that hurt someone’s religious sentiments,” he continued.
He ended the word on a plea to trolls. “Please leave my family alone”.
Comedian Vir Das shared a message on related traces. He posted the message on the microblogging web site that the final couple of days have been onerous on all of the comedians, inlcuding himeslf.
The comic began going through abuse after trolls dug up outdated clips of the artists, claiming he had made enjoyable of Shivaji in addition to Hindu faith.
“In the last 24 hours. Myself and every comic I have spoken to, male and female have had threats, abusive messages, and all sorts of filth. It’s literally all of us going “yeah…similar”. Hang in there. Stay strong,” Das wrote on Twitter.
In the final 24 hours. Myself and each comedian I’ve spoken to, female and male have had threats, abusive messages and all kinds of filth. It’s actually all of us going “yeah…same”. Hang in there. Stay robust.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) July 14, 2020
Comedians akin to Sumukhi Suresh and Abish Mathew have additionally shared their outrage in opposition to the focusing on of comedians.
You are NOT allowed to rape and threaten to rape us.
You are NOT allowed to sexually assault and threaten to do this.
You canNOT say “we respect ladies” after which inform us to “shut up or we will rape you and your mothers on the road”.
— Sumukhi Suresh (@sumukhisuresh) July 12, 2020
The incidences of violence and on-line abuse elevated after trolls discovered outdated clips of comic Agrima Joshua. YouTuber Shubham Mishra was just lately arrested for publishing a rape menace and incitement to violence in opposition to the comic.
Calling for assist! pic.twitter.com/q5Jf7seCqC
— Abish Mathew (@abishmathew) July 12, 2020