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Former Big Boss Contestant Kamal Rashid Khan Arrested For His Tweets by Mumbai Police

Mumbai Police arresting KRK on ‘hurt sentiments’ is another in a long list of arrests in India for social media posts

Former Big Boss contestant Kamal Rashid Khan, popularly known as KRK, was arrested today (August 31st) from the Mumbai airport by the Malad Police for tweets he posted two years ago, according to ANI. He was presented before the magistrate and then sent to a 14-days judicial custody, The Wire reported. It also added that his bail hearing was adjourned till September 2, 2022.  This is not the first time someone has been arrested over their tweets. Recently, Mohd Zubair of Alt news was arrested for allegedly hurting “religious sentiments” through his tweets. In February 2022, Kannada actor Chetan Ahimsa was arrested for tweeting on a Karnataka HC judge hearing against the Hijab ban.  Why it matters: Article 19 of the Indian constitution provides freedom of speech and expression to all Indians, however, it is not absolute. This has become very clear with FIRs being filed because people's 'sentiments’ are getting hurt. For instance, an FIR was filed against Ranveer Singh for posting a ‘revealing’ image that hurt ‘sentiments of a woman’. There is no guide to measure how and how much of the sentiments are getting hurt. With so much vagueness in certain laws and the implementation of IT rules 2021, social media spaces have become more regulated than ever – and that's a cause for concern.  Who’s KRK? KRK became a popular and controversial ‘celebrity’ since he joined Big Boss in 2009. He has also acted in a few films and is now a popular social media personality…

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