TikTok star Faizal Siddiqui has been banned by the Chinese video sharing platform over multiple guidelines violation.
However, despite his account being banned by TikTok, his videos are still visible for all to view and download. The warning that the account is banned also pops up and goes away within seconds.
Faizal glamorised acid attack via viral video
Faizal Siddiqui has been amongst various other TikTok influencers who have glamourised acid attack as a form of revenge for jilted lovers. Multiple people have made similar contentious video where a man can be seen drinking liquid from a glass while asking a woman how the man she had left him for has now left her. He then splashes the liquid on her face. The video then gets chopped and the woman then appears with acid burn wounds on her face. The ‘acid attack victim’ in the video is the same makeup artist actor Deepika Padukone had hired for her publicity stunt for her film Chhapaak where she asked the makeup artist to create her ‘acid attack look’.
FIR filed, NCW takes cognisance
Following the social media outcry, an FIR was registered against him. The NCW too took cognisance of the incident and demanded action against him. NCW has written to DGP Maharashtra Subodh Kumar Jaiswal to take action against Siddiqui.
Whitewashing acid attack recreation scene
Soon, liberals joined in to whitewash Faizal Siddiqui’s acid attack recreation scene.
ThePrint journalist Jyoti Yadav explained how it was water and not real acid used to recreate the scene.
टिकटॉक स्टार फैजल सिद्दिकी का वीडियो कट कर के दिखाया जा रहा है. वीडियो की शुरुआत में वो पानी/शराब पी रहा है, वही लड़की के मुंह पर फेंकता है. इसका एसिड से कोई लेना देना नहीं है.— Jyoti Yadav (@jyotiyadaav) May 18, 2020
लड़की के मेकअप को एसिड अटैक का आधार ना बनायें, उसी मेकअप में उसने कई वीडियोज किये हैं.
Milli Gazette went on a completely different tangent where they even psychoanalysed the acid attack recreation scene.
Free Press Journal Editor too defended the acid attack recreation because Faizal was drinking water and not the ‘acid’.
Experts say Tiktok is a very inclusive media where a lots of Muslims, OBCs, SC/STs enjoy influencer status. This is something right wingers can't digest. Hence what is happening today is a like an online edition of a "riot", to attack a successful Muslim.— Milli Gazette (@milligazette) May 18, 2020
However, it clearly emerges it’s a spliced video and someone has cut out the part where Faisal Siddiqui drinks from the glass. pic.twitter.com/RalPXoCDXv— Not Nirmala (@nirmalyadutta23) May 18, 2020
Meanwhile, acid attack survivor Laxmi Agrawal, who was the inspiration behind Deepika Padukone’s Chhapak, too called out Siddiqui and his video. “You’d know how it feels if you put one drop of acid on your finger,” she said.