Twitterati express shock over TV actor Kiku Sharda's arrest
Twitterati expressed shock and disbelief over the arrest of 'Comedy Nights with Kapil' actor Kiku Sharda for mimicking Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Here are some reactions to the news...
Twitterati expressed shock and disbelief over the arrest of 'Comedy Nights with Kapil' actor Kiku Sharda for mimicking Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Kiku Sharda, who became a household name after essaying the role of 'Palak' on the television show 'Comedy Nights with Kapil', has been sent to 14 days judicial custody. (Read more)
The actor has been booked under Section 295 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for outraging religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious belief. (Read more)
Kiku Sharda. Picture courtesy: Kiku Sharda's Twitter account
As soon as the news broke, tweets started pouring in in support of Kiku Sharda with many using hashtags #WeStandWithKikuSharda, #IStandWithKikuSharda and #FreeKiku.
Here is what some B-Town and TV celebs had to say:
Section 295A for the longest time has been used to threaten artists. Even cops sometimes cant help but arrest because of the pressure.— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) January 13, 2016
Absolutely ridiculous! Hope @kikusharda comes out of this soon— Kritika Kamra (@Kritika_Kamra) January 13, 2016
Heard @kikusharda 's been remanded to judicial custody for mimicking RamRahim on TV! Absurd! RamRahim's 'films' are the real joke, anyway!— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) January 13, 2016
Only a court in Haryana would want a comedian in custody, and criminals as law makers! @kikusharda isn't the one who should be in jail!— à¤°anvià¤°_ à¤¡hoà¤°eà¤¯_ (@RanvirShorey) January 13, 2016
Comedy brings joy ), unites people in laughter! Religious-leaders prey on the insecurity of 'followers', are a blight on humanity! #FreeKiku— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) January 13, 2016
Totally shocked by Kiku Sharda's arrest! Let's fight for #ourfreedomofspeech.— Parmeet Sethi (@parmeetsethi) January 13, 2016
Congratulations India on speedily arresting someone for comedy. Now maybe you can do the same for actual crime soon.— Vir Das (@thevirdas) January 13, 2016
This is sad beyond words. Oppression of artists to save the religion-based frauds EVEN from jokes! Middle East hi bana do desh ko.— à¤µà¤°à¥ÂÂÂÂÂÂà¤£ (@varungrover) January 13, 2016
Where is the Insan Part in arresting someone for Mimicry ..— Suresh Menon (@sureshnmenon) January 13, 2016
Here are some more reactions to the news:
Me not fan of 'kiku sharda' but his arrest for mimicking guru ram raheem is very sad.Now comedy will also come under ban list #Intolerance— Amit Trehan (@AmTrehan) January 13, 2016
Kiku Sharda sent to jail for making fun of a baba? Looks like our country's sense of humor has gone Saudi— The Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) January 13, 2016
I stand with Kiku Sharda, https://t.co/YCF9BapKJ4— Pure Punjabi (@PardeepModgil) January 13, 2016
They arrested Kiku Sharda from Mumbai and brought back to Haryana overnight?? Bhai itna phurti Pathankot main bhi thoda dekha detey!!— Shreekant Sahu (@SahuSKNT) January 13, 2016
Poster boys mocking religion n caste are roaming free and mimicry artists get arrested .Ppl dont understand humour? #WeStandWithKikuSharda— Dr Jwala Gurunath (@DrJwalaG) January 13, 2016
#WeStandWithKikuSharda When did baba become Religion that Kiku hurt religious sentiments and if yes whether recognized by Govt— Dinesh Pal (@paldinesh) January 13, 2016
How can Kiku Sharda be arrested under 295A ? Is Dera sacha sauda a religion ?— à¤ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂà¥ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂà¤®à¤² :) (@Komal_Indian) January 13, 2016
Kiku Sharda arrested for mimicking @Gurmeetramrahim ,who himself came to limelight by impersonating Guru Gobind Singh Ji !— à¤ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂà¥ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂà¤®à¤² :) (@Komal_Indian) January 13, 2016
Earlier, Kiku Sharda had taken to Twitter to apologise to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and his followers.
Doston the act on TV was not to hurt anyone's feelings. My apologies to @Gurmeetramrahim ji and his followers. Let's spread happiness. ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ— kiku sharda (@kikusharda) December 28, 2015
Here's the video from the 'Jashn-E-Ummeed' show that got Kiku Sharda in trouble