Anu Malik steps downs as Indian Idol judge, Sona Mohaptra calls it ‘a symbolic victory’

Singer Sona Mohapatra called Anu Malik’s stepping down as Indian Idol judge a “symbolic victory” for all women who faced similar harassment at their workplaces.

Written by November 22, 2019 13:39

New Delhi: Music composer Anu Malik, facing flak over allegations of sexual abuse against him, today chose to quit as the judge of TV reality show – Indian Idol aired on Sony TV, reports said.

Anu Malik has been accused of sexual harassment by several women including singers Sona Mohapatra, Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit.

Anu Malik“He conveyed to the channel that he wants to step down till he clears his name,” a news agency said quoting a Sony Entertainment Television insider.

However, it is uncertain whether the channel accepted his resignation.

Sona Mohapatra welcomes move

Singer Sona Mohapatra called Anu Malik’s stepping down as Indian Idol judge a “symbolic victory” for all women who faced similar harassment at their workplaces.

Sona said, “It’s great news. 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 (Anu Malik) 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.”

She added: “I 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.”

A few days back, Anu Malik wrote on Twitter, saying that it was painful to see that at this stage of his life, some of most slanderous and horrifying claims were made against him.