Just when you thought the CarryMinati controversy had subsided, a brand new social media debate has taken charge. This time, in the eye of the storm is Tiktok star Faizal Siddiqui. The brother of popular Tiktoker Amir Siddiqui – and a member of team nawab – Faizal has found himself at the receiving end of severe backlash over a controversial video, which has been doing the rounds on the internet.
In the clip, the Tiktoker, who has over 13.4 million users, appeared to be glorifying acid attack as a revenge against girls and women. In the garb of humour, he is seen throwing water at a girl, which cuts to a scene of the girl in excessive makeup, seemingly portraying burns similar to that of an acid attack victim.
Since being shared online, the Tiktok video has unsurprisingly sparked a humongous outrage on Twitter with people calling out the clip and the man behind it for the absolute lack of sensitivity over something as serious and menacing as acid attack.
“I request @MumbaiPolice to arrest him on immediate priority u/s IPC 509, IT Act 66 before these so called 'influencers' influence others to conduct such heinous crime against women,” a Twitter user shared.
Seriously it is shocking that these types of video's are promoting on TikTok.— Shiva Sidhpura (@ShivaSidhpura) May 18, 2020
This is really disrespectful to Girl's, How disgustingly low are you going to stop to promote yourself ''FAIZAL SIDDIQUI??'' #BanTikToklnlndia #BanTiktok pic.twitter.com/NjF1Mq5FAW
While this is not the first time that a Tiktok star or the video-generating platform has itself come under the scanner, the latest controversy, however, has once again raised serious concerns over the content created on the app, owned by Chinese ByteDance. Twitter has been flooded with posts calling out the video since Monday morning, while #BanTiktok once again rules the Indian Twitter.
In the light of the brewing controversy, the National Commission for Women has even come forward promising action against both the Tiktoker and the platform. NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma assured she has taken up the matter with police, responding to a tweet by BJP's Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, highlighting the contentious Tiktok video.
Written to @DGPMaharashtra DGP to take action against #FaizalSiddiqui. Also wrote to @TikTok_IN to block this person from the platform, though they have deleted the video from it after a call from @NCWIndia https://t.co/drBqy9ykji pic.twitter.com/X1CpM8soBt— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) May 18, 2020
(Edited by Athira Nair)