Kerala court rejects anticipatory bail plea of activists for attacking YouTuber

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The activists had taken on the YouTube vlogger alleging that the law enforcment authorities had failed to act on their complaint against him for making derogatory and sleazy remarks against women 

A court in Kerala rejected the anticipatory bail plea of dubbing artist Bhagyalakshmi and two others in a case related to the attack of YouTube vlogger for making derogatory and sleazy remarks against women on his Youtube channel.

The Additional sessions court Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, October 9, rejected the petitions filed by Bhagyalakshmi activists Diya Sana and Sreelakshmi Arackal with a warning that no one can take law into their hands.

The women had confronted and assaulted YouTuber Vijay P Nair alleging that the police had not acted on the complaint they lodged against him. The women poured black oil on him and slapped him for the video in which he had targeted one of them.

According to reports, while rejecting the bail plea, the court came down on Bhagyalakshmi, Diya and Sreelakshmi, stating no one should take law in their hands and that what happened was against our “culture”. The prosecution had opposed the plea saying that it would send the wrong message to the public and it may prompt others to do their same attitude by taking law in their hands.

However, the police have not arrested them so far and the lawyers of Bhagyalakshmi and others said they will file an appeal in the High Court soon seeking bail.

The three have been charged with non-bailable offences, Sections 323(Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation), 294b ( sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place,), 452 ( House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 392 ( Punishment for robbery) of Indian Penal Code, according to a New Indian Express report.

The incident went viral on social media after one of the three women shot the incident on her mobile phone and posted it live on Facebook. Later, Vijay was arrested and got his Youtube channel, 'Vtrix scene' removed.

Earlier, activist Sreelakshmi Arackal had approached the Kerala Women's Commission, the Cyber Cell, as well as the Social Justice Department, seeking action against him. However, no action was taken by any of the officials so far.This prompted them to take law on their hands.

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