Yuvika Chaudhary arrested under SC/ST Act for using casteist slur in video, granted interim bail


On Monday, Yuvika Chaudhary was arrested by the Haryana Police in connection with a case filed against her for using a casteist slur in a video. The actress and former Bigg Boss contestant was booked under the SC/ST Act and was then released on interim bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 

Yuvika's lawyer Ashok Bishnoi told a media agency, "My client has joined the investigation as per the guidelines given by the High Court and she is on interim bail now (in a case of alleged offensive remarks against Scheduled Castes on a social media platform)." The case against Yuvika was registered by Dalit rights activist, Rajat Kalsan, under Section 3 of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. 

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In May this year, Yuvika released a vlog featuring her husband Prince Narula. In the video, Yuvika used a term that didn't go down well with a section of people. Amid intense trolling and backlash, the actress issued a statement apologising for using the term without knowing its meaning. She wrote, "Hi guys, I didn't know the meaning of that word that I used in my last vlog. I didn't mean to hurt anyone and I can never do that to hurt someone. I apologize to each and everyone, I hope you understand. Love you all."

Netizens, however, weren't ready to accept her apology and started trending #ArrestYuvikaChoudhary. In May, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah's Babita, that is actress Munmun Dutta, also landed in trouble for using the same casteist slur in a now-deleted YouTube video. Multiple FIRs against her were filed across the country despite apologising. 

(Source: Inputs from ANI)