After multiple outrages from various celebrities of the entertainment industry, Anu malik finally steps down from Indian Idol. Music composer Anu Malik was accused of sexual assault by multiple women during the whole ‘#METOO’ movement.
Singers Sona Mohapatra, Neha Basin, Shweta Pandit among many came out in public and shared their stories with the media.
Despite these severe allegations, the Sony Entertainment Industry retained Anu Malik as a judge in their singing reality show, ‘Indian Idol’.
Recently, Smriti Irani the Minister for Women and Child Devoplemnt said the government has started listing the names of sexual offenders in a digital database.
Sona, in response to this, wrote a letter to the National Commission for Women (NCW) and tagged Smriti Irani. The singer raised the issue of Anu Malik being a part of a national television show, despite being a sexual offender.
My open letter to the honourable minister for women & child development.👇🏾. @smritiirani ,I hugely admire you, your tenacity & commitment to work for the welfare of people in India & I request you to please read this.Many more women are writing in to me privately about this man🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Z8bU8RG528
— ShutUpSona (@sonamohapatra) November 21, 2019
The NCW was quick to respond and issued a Suo-Motu in this case. They posted a letter and wrote, “@NCWIndia has taken Suo-Motu cognizance of a Twitter post shared by @sonamohapatra wherein its alleged @SonyTV has ignored testimonies of multiple women against a person regarding sexual harassment and made him a Judge for a talent show for youngsters on National television”.
@NCWIndia has taken Suo-motu cognizance of a Twitter post shared by @sonamohapatra wherein it’s alleged @SonyTV has ignored testimonies of multiple women against a person regarding sexual harassment and made him a Judge for a talent show for youngsters on National television pic.twitter.com/UvC7bx7tL9
— NCW (@NCWIndia) November 21, 2019
Sona Mohapatra started a campaign against the music composer on social media. She started calling out Anu Malik for his acts and also Sony for supporting a sexual offender.
Earlier, Anu Malik issued a statement against the allegations made by various women. In a letter, he wrote” It has been over a year that I have been accused of something that I haven’t done. I have been silent all this while as I was waiting for the truth to surface on its own. But I realized my silence on this matter has been misconstrued as my weakness.”
Sona retaliated to this letter and she wrote “Anu Malik finally wrote back to all of us last evening. My response to him, next to his letter. 👇🏾 In case mine is too long to read, I have also attached a shorter, crisper one, one amongst many on my timeline. Thank you @KallolDatta for saying it better #India @IndiaMeToo.”
Anu Malik finally wrote back to all of us last evening. My response to him, next to his letter. 👇🏾
In case mine is too long to read, have also attached a shorter, crisper one, one amongst many on my timeline. Thank you @KallolDatta for saying it better #India @IndiaMeToo pic.twitter.com/NNeW59fLPs
— ShutUpSona (@sonamohapatra) November 15, 2019
Singer Neha Bhasin too welcomed this move by the NCW. “This gives me hope. It has been too long India has turned a blind eye to a culture of underhand perversion and power intimidation/ exploitation. My goal is to make my country a safe place for its young women n men. Thank you everyone for speaking up and being supportive” she wrote.
Various other celebrities were called out during the ‘’Me Too’’ movement from the industry. Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Sajid Khan, Subhash Ghai, and many others.