Gaming YouTuber Madan Reportedly Absconding After Being Called For Investigation
Gaming YouTuber Madan OP, best known for livestreaming PUBG Mobile, is reportedly absconding after being summoned for an investigation by the Tamil Nadu police department for allegedly making abusive comments on his livestreams. According to the Indian Express, at least two people have complained to Pulianthope Cyber Crime cell in Chennai, alleging that Madan uses obscene language when people disagree with him, often abuses women, and behaves inappropriately with minor girls.
The report also mentions letters sent to YouTube and Instagram in order to block Madan's channels, and that the police are investigating whether more people are associated with these accounts.
Earlier on 13 Jun 2021, Chennai City Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal had stated that an investigation on PUBG Mobile streamer Madan was underway and action would be taken against him if objectionable content was found on his YouTube channel. Following this, several social media users have been urging the police to take action against the streamer which in turn lead to the hashtag “#ArrestMadanOP” trending on Twitter.
The Pulianthope Cyber Crime cell has reportedly filed four cases against Madan. According to Thanthi TV, these four cases include those filed under IPC Section 509, 294B along with cases for misuse of Information Technology and usage of a banned service.
According to the IPC,
Section 509 lays down the punishment for using a word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman
Section 294B sings, recites, or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place.
Who is Madan OP?
Madan is a popular gaming YouTuber who primarily livestreams PUBG Mobile. Madan gained popularity over the past year garnering hundreds of thousands of subscribers, despite PUBG Mobile being banned in India. He currently has two YouTube channels (M A D A N and TOXIC MADAN 18+) which have a combined 879K+ subscribers and more than 150 Million lifetime views. Madan does not stream with a camera and has not shown his face in his livestreams.
Has Madan OP been arrested?
The Indian Express reports that the PUBG Mobile YouTuber failed to show up at the cyber crime police station in Chennai following his summons and is thus absconding. “We have received two complaints and will register a case after receiving legal opinion. We are also tracing his whereabouts as he is not available at the given address,” said a police officer speaking to The Hindu.
Recently, various gaming livestreamers and content creators have been called out for their insensitive and hateful remarks made on their channels. In May, YouTuber Paras Singh made a video on Indian politician Ninong Ering's call to ban Battlegrounds Mobile India and called him a “non-Indian” and stated that Arunachal Pradesh is “a part of China”. Singh was later arrested by the Ludhiana Police, under close monitoring of Arunachal Police after his whereabouts were traced. YouTubers GtxPreet and 420 Gaming also made racist remarks against Ering. All three have since expressed regret and issued apologies for their statements.