Acid attack is no joke, let alone be "content" on popular video-sharing platform TikTok for millions to consume. Making this very clear, The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Monday said it wrote to TikTok over a video in which one of its users allegedly glorified acid attack and crime against women.
The user in question is "influencer" Faizal Siddiqui whose month-old video has resurfaced online which allegedly promotes acid attack and abuse on women.
Siddiqui, who enjoys more than 13 million followers on the platform, can be seen mouthing "Did the man you left me for abandon you?" before taking a glass filled with liquid and splashing it on his "girlfriend". The video ends with the woman's face changed-- she has make-up depicting scars after the alleged "acid attack".
He is Faizal Siddiqui , member of team nawab and brother of Amir Siddiqui. Friends he have 13.4 million followers on his Tik tok account. I request to all pleas share this video in large number of girls. is he deserve any follows? #RespectGirls pic.twitter.com/3vnEPN21Dk — Ayushi Jain (@Ayushi_jain22) May 18, 2020
Arrest Now...😡 #FaizalSiddiqui #BanTiktok #BanTikTokInIndia pic.twitter.com/coPtGEdean — Mayur Patil (@themayurpatil07) May 18, 2020
Soon after, the Internet started praising NCW for their swift action.
Laxmi Agarwal, who in 2005 at the age of 15 was on the receiving end of an acid attack, and has been a fierce voice against the sale of acid, thanked the NCW for taking cognizance of the video.
Laxmi, whose story has been told by Meghna Gulzar and Deepika Padukone in Chhapaak, wrote:
"We are working day and night to stop the acid attacks, violence against women. This cringe activity is not called influencing but promoting crime. Such persons are a curse to our society. So it is important to ban such videos and accounts from the social media. Come forward-we urge you to stop acid violence-Stop Sale Acid.(sic)"
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Thanks to National Commission for Women for taking cognizane of the viral video by TikTok ‘influencer’ Faizal Siddiqui promoting acid attack.Such videos/actions should be strictly debarred which are against the society. We are working day and night to stop the acid attacks , violence against women. This cringe activity is not called influencing but promoting crime. Such persons are curse to our society. So it is important to ban such videos and accounts from the social media. Come forward-we urge you to stop acid violence-Stop Sale Acid @ncwindia
The outrage wasn't just limited to a single "acid attack" video. Many other such videos normalising and promoting violence against women were dug up in which the TikTok influencer played the role of an "abusive" partner.
Guys, help me out here. Isn't this video normalizing/promoting violence against women? Tiktok has become an underbelly of such hideous content. Acid attacks, violence, spitting, and what not! Both Faizal Siddiqui and the girl involved in this video should be booked! pic.twitter.com/wK9u6wmKmm — Shadwal 🐠🌼🐸 (@Pareshaan_aatma) May 18, 2020
As videos of Siddiqui flooded microblogging site Twitter, #BanTikToklnlndia became a top trending hashtag on Tuesday with many Indians leaving 1-star rating on Android and Apple app stores.
Siddiqui, however, issued a statement on his Instagram page where he said: "Video getting viral is edited part of whole video, which is out of context and girl featuring in video is a professional makeup artist Faby"
Whole Video of #FaizalSiddiqui pic.twitter.com/YRoNdtEMIQ — Prashant Kanojia (@PJkanojia) May 18, 2020
Meanwhile, the NCW letter read:
"The Commission is seriously concerned about the increase in crimes against women. The video not only seems to promote violence against women but shows the patriarchal mindset which would send a very wrong message to the society."