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Who Is 'Kuwari Begum'? YouTuber Held For Allegedly Promoting Child Sex Abuse

A woman named Shikha Metray, who goes by Kuwari Begum on YouTube, was arrested by the Ghaziabad police for allegedly promoting child sexual abuse and other dangerous content on her social media.

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Tanya Savkoor
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A female YouTuber from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on June 13 for allegedly promoting methods of sexually abusing infants and other explicit content on her channel. The FIR against Shikha Metray, who goes by Kuwari Begum on social media, was reportedly filed following a complaint by media personality and social activist Deepika Narayan Bharadwaj. The latter also brought attention to the YouTuber's problematic content like ignoring consent and encouraging sexually aggressive behaviour towards women and children. 

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How The Issue Came To Light

On June 11, Deepika Narayan Bharadwaj shared about the issue on her X (formerly Twitter) account, saying that Shikha Metray's content misguides young boys. The social activist posted clips where the YouTuber was seen encouraging sexual exploitation and urged authorities to take action. Metray's highly disturbing content was soon exposed all over social media. 

"One can't just put content endangering the life of little kids and get away by removing their handles. Hope she's investigated soon," Bharadwaj said on X. After she filed a formal complaint with the Ghaziabad police, an FIR was registered and two police teams were set up for Metray's arrest. The YouTuber was arrested on June 13. 

Netizens found videos of the self-proclaimed gamer promoting 'tips' on sexually abusing infants, videos titled 'She Will Say No, Let Her,' insinuating disregard for a woman's consent, and more harmful behaviour. Metray's videos started receiving immense backlash for misguiding impressionable audiences in the guise of 'dark humour'.

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Reportedly, Shikha Metray graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Delhi and worked in a clothing and apparel business alongside YouTube. Netizens found more disturbing and gory content on her other social media platforms like X. After facing mounting backlash, the content creator deleted all social media accounts.

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