Bhim Army general secretary Kanishk Singh has filed a complaint against comedian Vir Das for his casteist comments about Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati during one of his performances.
The clip has been widely circulated on social media and many have criticised Vir’s statements for being casteist and sexist.
“We have lodged a complaint against casteist and sexist Vir Das. We will not tolerate any kind of humiliation of our Bahujan leaders. He should be severely punished under SC/ST Act and under sexual offenses against women,” Singh tweeted.
In a complaint accessed by Maktoob, Singh claimed that Vir Das made “obscene, objectionable, insulting and humiliating remarks against Mayawati,” further stating that the remarks were “intended to insult to modesty of Mayawati within public view” with the knowledge that she is “inspirational public figure and belongs to the Scheduled Caste community.”
“The said objectionable video was made and published deliberately with mala-fide intent to insult the Scheduled Caste community,” read the complaint.
Sankul Sonawane, writer and researcher took Twitter to criticise the stand-up comic Vir Das over his “most inhumane casteist” jokes.
“I come from an India where Vir Das makes the most inhumane casteist and sexist jokes about Mayawati and gets praised by upper-castes for being a woke feminist icon,” he said.
Former officer RS Praveen Kumar who recently joined BSP condemned the “most sexist and obscene remarks by Vir Das on one of the legendary leaders of India, Behenji Mayawati.” “He must feel the full weight of law for his nauseating comments. Such misogynists must not have place in civil society,” Kumar said.
Many Twitter handles belong to Dalit, Adivasi, and Bahujan people have questioned why Das’s latest ‘Two Indias’ piece seemingly shies away from a conversation about caste.
“Vir Das has shown only half the truth of India and by keeping silent on casteism, cleverly he hid the mentality of himself and his Savarna kith and kin,” tweeted Suraj Kumar Bauddh, spokesperson of Azad Samaj Party (Kanshi Ram).
“Vir Das kept distance from 90% bitter truths and facts. Yet he got the soft terrorist tag,” Fraternity Movement national president Shamseer Ibrahim tweeted.
Das has been targeted by Hindutva organisations including BJP for his six-minute monologue, ‘I come from Two Indias,’ which was a part of his recent performance at the John F Kennedy Center in Washington DC. BJP leaders rushed to police stations to file cases against the artist while Opposition leaders, activists, and artists took to social media to support comedian and actor Vir Das.