Headlines November 23, 2019
Anu Malik steps down as Indian Idol judge
Music composer Anu Malik has stepped down as judge of the show Indian Idol after strong protests from many women who alleged that they were sexually harassed by him.
Among the singers to celebrate the move was Sona Mohapatra who called the move a symbolic victory for all women who have faced sexual harassment.
Sony TV took a long time to do this but I am happy that he has finally stepped down from the show. It’s a battle of the whole country. There are so many people who did not want to see this person flaunting himself on national television because it gives a lot of wrong messages to predators that they can also get away with such a thing. – Sona Mohapatra, Singer
Sona also said that she 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.”
In 2018 Sona accused 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 also joined her in alleging sexual harassment against Malik.
When Sony TV reinstated Malik on the show this year, Sona restarted her campaign against the composer and the channel. She has got a lot of support on social media with people demanding his removal.
Malik too to social media to claim these were “false and unverified allegations” and that he was in “in pain” and “in a dark space,” demanding justice. On Thursday, he decided to quit the show.
Sona also wrote a letter to the National Commission for Women (NCW) which sent a notice to Sony TV. The notice was shared on twitter. “NCW has taken Suo-motu cognizance of this matter and send a notice to Sony Entertainment Television.” In the notice, the commission asked the channel to clarify what action was taken on the matter.
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