TikTok sensation Faizal Siddiqui’s account has been banned after he came under fire for allegedly ‘glorifying’ acid attacks in a video that he had posted. The ban was imposed ‘due to multiple community guidelines violations’.
Faizal, who has a 13 million-plus following on the video-sharing application, posted a clip in which he could be seen throwing a liquid on a girl’s face for betraying him. Later on, this girl is seen in the clip with grotesque make-up, suggesting a disfigured face.
Prior to throwing the liquid onto the girl’s face, Faizal mouths the dialogue:
“Tumhe usne chhorr diya jiske liye tumne mujhe chhorra tha? (The guy you left me for, has left you?”)
Acid attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal, on whose life, Deepika Padukone starrer: Chhapaak was based, took to Instagram, where she shared the video and lashed out at Faisal. She also thanked the National Commission for Women for taking cognizance of the video. She captioned the video with words that read,
“Thanks to the National Commission for Women for taking cognizance of the viral video by TikTok ‘influencer’ Faizal Siddiqui promoting acid attack. Such videos/actions should be strictly debarred which are against 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 a curse to our society. So it is important to ban such videos and accounts from social media. Come forward-we urge you to stop acid violence-Stop Sale Acid @ncwindia,”
Actor Ashish Chowdhry also expressed his displeasure over this demeaning act towards women calling it a pure example of the sick side of social media.
“Pure example of the sick and diseased side of social media. @TikTok_IN must show sense by chopping off its tumour infected parts. There’s a bunch of stupidly enthusiastic people doing just about anything on social media, who must be shown the door to keep a proper decorum.”
Ashish and Laxmi were joined by Bollywood fellow Swara Bhaskar in condemning this act.