A Chennai-based YouTuber was arrested on Friday for allegedly live-streaming PUBG – which is banned in India – with vulgar commentary and obscene language towards women. Madan Kumar, who was on the run, was arrested in Dharmapuri about six hours drive from Chennai, police officials said.
Madan’s wife Kruthika, 26, was arrested by the city police’s Central Crime Branch in Salem district on Thursday. She was the administrator of the YouTube channels on which gaming videos with foul language Madan was using towards women were being uploaded, the police said. Investigators say the couple’s YouTube channel has around eight lakh subscribers. Several of them are minors. The arrests were made based on a complaint filed by a Chennai resident against the YouTube channels – Madan, Toxic Madan 18+, PUBG Madan Girl Fan, Richie Gaming YT – run by the couple. The Crime Branch had received over 100 complaints against the YouTuber. The police have registered FIRs under five different sections of the IPC, the Information Technology Act, and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.
The complainant mentioned specific titles in the channel, including “MADAN angry at his girlfriend| Strictly 18+|Tamil| PUBGM| Richie GamiNg”, which he alleged portrayed women in a vulgar way violating privacy and dignity that trigger perversion among children who watch the videos. Meanwhile, the Madras High Court dismissed an anticipatory bail petition filed by Madan, as the police had already taken him into custody in Dharmapuri even before the hearing of the case.