“I come from an India the place we worship girls through the day, however gang rape them at evening,” Das stated within the monologue.
The hashtag #VirDas is trending in India, with greater than 60,000 tweets as of Wednesday afternoon.
Ashutosh Dubey, a authorized adviser to the ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Celebration stated he filed a grievance with the Mumbai police Tuesday towards Das’ “inflammatory” feedback.
Indian filmmaker Ashoke Pandit stated Das “ought to be instantly arrested” for his feedback.
In an announcement posted to Twitter Tuesday, Das defended his monologue, including that he “takes pleasure” in India.
“The video is a satire concerning the duality of two very separate Indias, that do various things,” he stated. “Like all nation has gentle and darkish, good and evil inside it. None of it is a secret.”
In the meantime, Das has obtained assist from a number of opposition politicians, journalists, and activists.
“A slapstick comedian who is aware of the true that means of the time period ‘arise’ isn’t bodily however ethical,” he stated.
One other Congress lawmaker, Kapil Sibal, additionally backed Das. “None can doubt that there are two India’s [sic]. Simply that we do not need an Indian to inform the world about it,” he wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “We’re illiberal and hypocritical.”
In current months, some Indian comedians have raised fears about what they are saying is an escalating crackdown on free speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities.
CNN’s Vedika Sud and Manveena Suri contributed reporting.