#BOLLYWOOD: #MeToo accused Anu Malik is out of Indian Idol 11 after India’s National Commission for Women had blasted a notice to Sony TV after Sona Mohapatra’s open letter to Ministry of Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani.
A few days ago, Anu took to social media and claimed “false and unverified allegations” were being levelled against him. He said that he was “in pain” and “in a dark space”, demanding justice.
On Thursday, a source close to Sony TV confirmed to IANS that Malik “is stepping down as a judge from Indian Idol”.
Sony TV was sent a notice by the National Commission of Women. The commission also shared the notice on their official Twitter handle. They captioned it, “@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.”
Singer Sona Mohapatra, who has been leading the social media campaign against Sony TV and Malik, had earlier written an open letter to the Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister, Smriti Irani, urging her to look into the matter. Irani had announced that the government has begun compiling a database of sexual offenders.
Anu Malik had shared a long note on social media on Thursday, claiming that the allegations had greatly disturbed him. “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 realise that my silence on the matter has been misconstrued as my weakness,” he wrote, adding that it had taken a toll on his as well as his family’s mental health and left him “traumatised, and tarnished my career”.
It is not yet confirmed who will be replacing the music composer on the singing reality show.