TikTok faces call for ban as videos promoting sexual violence trend

TikTok pushing youngsters to unproductive life, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said

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The video sharing platform is facing flak for videos that promote gender violence and acid attacks against women. TikTok sensation Faizal Siddiqui's account has been banned after he came under the scanner for allegedly ‘glorifying’ acid attack in a video. The ban was enforced "due to multiple community guidelines violations".

Faizal, who had a 13 million-plus following,, posted a clip in which he is seen throwing a liquid on a girl's face for betraying him. Later the girl is seen in the clip with grotesque make-up, suggesting a disfigured face.

Before throwing the liquid onto the girl’s face, he 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 took to Instagram, where she shared the video and lashed out at Faisal.

National Commission for Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma also took cognisance of the issue and said that TikTok should be banned. “I am of the strong openion that this @TikTok_IN should be banned totally and will be writting to GOI. It not only has these objectionable videos but also pushing youngsters towards unproductive life where they are living only for few followers and even dying when no. Decline.(sic),” she tweeted.

Actress Swara Bhasker and singer Sona Mohapatra also reacted to the trend of normalising violence against women. Swara tweeted: "Hey @TikTok_IN why and how are you allowing this kind of content -which is SO obviously celebrating and promoting aggression and violence against women, and perpetrating false misogynistic stereotypes -to be published & viewed freely on your platform??? #Shame."