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Sona Mohapatra responds to Anu Malik, says ‘go to a sex-rehab, ask your kids to earn a salary’

Singer Sona Mohapatra, who was the first one to call out Anu Malik during the MeToo movement, has shared her response to his statement released on Thursday.

music Updated: Nov 15, 2019 10:32 IST
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Sona Mohapatra replied to Anu Malik after he claimed innocence in a recent statement.
Sona Mohapatra replied to Anu Malik after he claimed innocence in a recent statement.
         

Sona Mohapatra has shared her reply to singer Anu Malik after the latter posted a long note on social media claiming how he was being cornered for something he didn’t do.

Sona shared her around 8-point reply to Anu on Twitter and wrote, “Anu Malik finally wrote back to all of us last evening. My response to him, next to his letter. In case mine is too long to read, have also attached a shorter, crisper one, one amongst many on my timeline. Thank you @KallolDatta for saying it better #India @IndiaMeToo.”

 

Mentioning names of all from Neha Bhasin to Shweta Pandit who had accused him of sexual harassment, Sona wrote to him, “‘Unverified’ allegations you say? These are multiple testimonies of independent sane women speaking coherently & they have a common thread & story. What about the ‘mental health’ of all these people who have gone through this traumatic experience because of you? Did you care about them over these years? What about the mental health of the good India & all the victims & their families when they see you flaunting yourself on TV? Rubbing it in? Your free pass in society?”

Calling him out for being a judge on a reality show, Sona said, “It has been spoken about very clearly. You have no right to be platformed on National TV till you make amends. 1.3 billion people exist in India. Not everyone needs to make crores on TV to survive or be ‘judge’ to young people whose safety they jeopardise. You aren’t a role model. You could always take a break, go to a sex-rehab or counselling or somewhere to reflect on how to behave better. Ask your kids to do a hard days job & earn a salary. They are adults. I started working at 22. Do whatever it takes. Stay away from the public eye? Show some remorse? Say sorry? If you did, this would not have happened. There you go! You answered your own question.”

She also called him out for his explanation and said, “Being a father of two daughters doesn’t prove anything. Clearly it hasn’t held your libido back. History has shown us that multiple times in multiple real live stories. ‘Some’ Men will just be that .. .The show must go on. Without you. Don’t jeopardise the hard work of so many people & the dreams of so many contestants just for your personal glory & ambitions.”

She added, “Step Down Malik & yes, please do go to court. I request you to do so. Not just these 10 testimonies, we shall ensure ten times those are presented for the world to see. Let’s set a precedent for India, Mr Anu Malik. Let’s make sure no one feels like behaving like you have over the decades. I have the utmost faith that.”

She ended it saying, “Justice shall indeed be served.”

Mohapatra was the first to call Malik out last year, claiming that he would call her at odd hours and once referred to her as “maal” in front of her composer husband Ram Sampath.

 

Anu Malik had shared a long note on social media on Thursday, saying that he may take legal action to safeguard himself. He wrote, “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 and his family’s mental health and left him “traumatised, and tarnished my career”.

Also read: Anu Malik shares long note as harassment allegations resurface: ‘Behind this happy face, I’m in pain’

The music composer said he wondered why the allegations were resurfacing only when he is back on “television, which is currently my only source of livelihood?” “Being a father of two daughters, I can’t imagine committing the acts that I am accused of, let alone do it. Fighting a battle on social media is an endless process, at the end of which nobody wins. If this keeps on continuing. I will have no option but to knock on the doors of the courts to safeguard myself,” he added.

Malik, 59, was first accused of misconduct last year during the #MeToo movement and was briefly dropped as a judge of a singing reality show on Sony channel. The allegations resurfaced with his reinstatement on the channel this September.

(With PTI inputs)

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