Anu Malik Steps Down As Judge On Indian Idol, After Sona Mohapatra’s Open Letter To Smriti Irani
Singer sona Mohapatra considers music composer Andu Malik’s stepping down as Indian Idol judge a “symbolic victory” for all women who have faced sexual harassment, reported NDTV
She added: “I was fighting for fairness and justice. Now, after hearing this news, I think it is a victory for everybody – not just me but also for all other women who were badly treated by him. It is a symbolic victory. Our fight is not over yet, it’s just a start. We are not going to sit here and let people to take us for granted.”
The issue erupted in 2018 when Sona Mohapatra, for the first time, accused Anu Malik of sexual misconduct, which forced the composer to step down from season 10 of the show last year. Singers Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit had also joined Mrs Mohapatra in alleging sexual harassment against Anu Malik.
Malik’s decision has come after Sona wrote an open letter to the Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Smriti Irani, urging her to look into the ongoing debate Malik. “My open letter to the honourable minister for women and child development.
Smriti Irani, I hugely admire you, your tenacity and commitment to work for the welfare of people in India and I request you to please read this. Many more women are writing in to me privately about this man,” she tweeted.
Sony TV was sent a notice by the National Commission of Women. The commission tweeted, “@NCWIndia has taken Suo-motu cognizance of this matter and send a notice to Sony Entertainment Television @sharmarekha @MinistryWCD @PMOIndia.”
The notice read, “The National Commission for Women has come across a Twitter post of Ms Sona Mohapatra wherein it has been alleged that Sony TV has ignored the testimonies of multiple women against a person regarding sexual harassment and assault has further been made a judge for youngsters on national television.” Reported by Hindustan Times