On November 17, a complaint was registered against the actor and comedian Vir Das. The complaint was made at Tilak Marg police station on the basis of an allegation that he used ‘objectionable’ statements against the country. Aditya Jha, vice president and spokesperson of Delhi BJP filed this complaint on Wednesday. He said, “Women in India are worshipped in the day and raped at night” while attending the show organized at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington DC.
Vir uploaded a video on Monday, and titled, ‘I come from two India’, which was a part of his performance at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. The video was of 6 minutes and he talked about the issues in the country, from the Covid-19 battle to rape incidents. Clips from Vir Das’ video was uploaded on social media where he said, “I come from an India where we worship women during the day and gang-rape them during the night.” People trolled him for the same and demanded action against him.
Deepak Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) New Delhi said, “Yes, we have received a complaint against actor-comedian Vir Das. We’ve not registered an FIR yet. The matter is currently being probed.”
The video went of Vir Das went viral on social media platforms and people started trolling him for saying, ‘I come from two Indias’ Kangana Ranaut asked for strict actions to be taken against Vir Das whereas former Education Minister Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor supported Vir Das.
Kapil Sibal, tweeted, “Vir Das. None can doubt that there are two India’s. Just that we don’t want an Indian to tell the world about it. We are intolerant and hypocritical.” Shashi Tharoor, tweeted, “A stand-up comedian who knows the real meaning of the term “stand up” is not physical moral but –@thevirdas spoke for millions in the sic minute take on the two India’s he hails from and stands up for,” he said, adding, “This is a joke but it’s just not funny.” Brilliant.
Meanwhile, the actor-comedian issued a statement on Twitter saying “The video is a satire about the duality of two very separate India’s that do different things. Like any nation has light and dark, good and evil within it. None of this is a secret. The video appeals to us to never forget that we are great. To never stop focusing on what makes us great.” He further said, “It ends in a gigantic patriotic round of applause for a country we all love, believe in, and are proud of. That there is more to our country than the headlines, a deep beauty. That’s the point of the video and the reason for the applause.”
In Mumbai, Ashutosh Dubey Advocate has also filed a complaint against Vir Das. His statement projected India as a threat to democracy. Ashutosh Dubey said that his statement was objectionable and felt, “it is necessary to issue notice to the intermediaries.”