#MeToo Accused Music Composer Anu Malik Steps Down As Indian Idol Judge After Public Uproar

23 Nov 2019 10:55 AM GMT
Editor : Sanika Athavale
#MeToo Accused Music Composer Anu Malik Steps Down As Indian Idol Judge After Public Uproar
Image Credits: The Economic Times

Music composer Anu Malik who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, including singers Sona Mohapatra, Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit, volunteered to step down as the judge of singing reality show ‘Indian Idol’ aired on Sony TV.

Anu Malik’s name came up in 2018 when Sona Mohapatra accused him of sexual misconduct, after which he withdrew as the judge of Indian Idol’s 10th season last year, The Economic Times reported. However, when Sony TV reinstated Malik on season 11 this year, Mohapatra restarted her campaign against the composer and the channel.

Over the past few days, she has mustered huge support on social media, and people have increasingly been demanding Malik’s removal from the show.

A few days ago, Malik 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.

Sona Mohapatra thanked her supporters on social media on Thursday, after Anu Malik stepped down.

Also Read: One Year Of #MeToo: Stories Of Sexual Harassment, Assault That Rocked India

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