#MeToo In India: Anu Malik Dropped From Indian Idol After Accused Of Sexual Harassment

#MeToo In India: Anu Malik Dropped From Indian Idol After Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Music composer Anu Malik has stepped down as an Indian Idol 10 judge following multiple women accusing him of sexual harassment.

Bollywood’s well known music composer Anu Malik is exposed in the on going Me Too movement which is spinning at the lighting speed in India. After singer Sona Mohapatra revealed the true face of Anu Malik, more celebrates from the music fraternity have been coming forward claiming their MeToo stories faced at the hands of Anu Malik.

After prominent Bollywood celebrities names are exposed in the the wake of MeToo in India, India is finally opening up with their stories of sexual harassment and believe in them too. After men controlled, ruled and took advantage over women from ages, the #TimesUp is finally seen arriving in India.

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The recent name to join the ongoing bandwagon of sexual harassment allegations is Anu Malik. Sona Mohapatra opened up against Anu Malik and Kailash Kher and calling them serial predator. However, Anu Malik denied the allegations and told, “She’s meaning some case that had happened long time back. It has nothing to do with me. I have never worked with her also. So, I don’t want to comment anything on it. She’s just dragging my name into this. I have not even met her.”

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To all the young girls & women who are coming out with their experiences with this creep, journalists, ‘fans’ & even kids from college, know that you are not alone. This guy, #KailashKher is a serial predator & has been for years as are many others like Anu Malik in the industry. I cannot be tweeting about everyone cus I work 18 hour work days & have a life to live & breathe in. Also I cannot comment on many others basis heresay. That would be unfair. (Many journalists have been asking me for stories thinking that I’m most likely to ‘spill the beans’. I’m not) It is important that we stick to facts & our personal experiences to make this a serious & credible movement to help clean a system & lopsided power structure. It is just a start but an important one. #TimesUp #India #Change

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After Sona Mohapatra, another celebrity from the music fraternity alleged Anu Malik of sexual harassment. Shweta Pandit shared her ordeal on twitter stating that she had to revisit her cruel past to reveal the true face of Anu Malik and thanked Sona for giving her the courage to speak.

“Had to go back to my worst memory as a teenage girl today to write this and speak up – its now or never. This is my and have to warn young girls about #AnuMalik & let you know your  @IndiaMeToo Thank you @sonamohapatra for speaking up about him & supporting this.”

Singer Caralisa Monteiro, who has sung some popular Bollywood songs including Nashe Si Chadh Gayi, Ranga Re, Phir Dekhiye, Salaam Namaste, Mitwa and Jaane Kyun among others, shared her own experience where the composer allegedly asked her to come home.

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She has been quoted as saying, “There were always people. I just didn’t play into their ways and always believed my voice is why they will always want me back. So have never been abused or violated. I’ve had a specific incident with Anu Malik. I had to tell him that I only work in a studio. This happened almost 15 years ago when I was starting out. I never worked with him since.” 

And now, two more unnamed women tell their #MeToo stories alleging Anu Milk for sexual harassment. An aspiring singer narrates in her story the behaviour of Anu Malik during a meeting at his home, “He sat next to me on the sofa. I realised I was trapped as his family was not at home. He then lifted my skirt and dropped his pants. I thought of pushing him and rushing out the door, but he was too strong for me. Luckily, the doorbell rang at that moment.”

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Another women who was a former participant of Idian Idol revealed that Anu Malik asked her to drape a chiffon saree. She narrated, “Panic struck me as I realised the recording studio was sound-proof and no one would hear me even if I screamed. I pushed him away and said, ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ The sick pervert immediately broke into his presumably rehearsed line: ‘No, I am happy with my wife, I am a sensitive man!’” 

Denying all claims, Anu Malik’s lawyer said in a statement, “The allegations made against my client are emphatically denied as completely false and baseless. My client respects the #metoo movement but to use this movement to start a character assassination mission is obnoxious.”

As more and more women are alleging Anu Malik for sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, Sony channel have released a statement saying that singerAnu Malik has stepped down from the jury panel of singing reality show, Indian Idol. 

The television channel’s statement says a replacement will be found for him who will join the other two judges on the show, Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar. “Anu Malik is no longer a part of Indian Idol jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule & we’ll invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal and Neha to judge extraordinary talent of Indian Idol season 10,” the statement read.

After Sony, Anu Malik also shared a statement saying he is taking a break from the show. “I, Anu Malik, have decided to take a break from Indian Idol as I am currently unable to focus on my work on the show. The channel has been kind to agree for the same. Thank you.”

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