It was yesterday the news that the sexual harassment case against singer-composer Anu Malik has been shut by the National Commission of Women came out. Today one of the accusers Sona Mohapatra has lashed out at the commission for spreading wrong news about her failing to provide documents and below are all the details you would want to know about the same.
According to the reports, the NCW decided to shut the case after Sona was not able to provide the documents that she had promised. There were no grounds to hold the case so the decision. They even said that Sona did not respond to them.
In a tweet, Sona has come out strongly now as she cleared that she was no even in India when the whole episode happened . She claims that the report by the commission is wrong.
She wrote, “I just finished an event in Paris where I was representing India at an ISRO satellite launch by a European agency & came out elated with the response to my views and singing only to hear and read this heartbreaking news on social media. That statement of the NCW chairperson is wrong. I collated multiple testimonies painstakingly & mailed it to them within a few days of them asking for it. Got a one line reply “Kindly send further submission (if any) regarding the complaint.” to my ten pages. No dear no regards, just the above,”
She added, “I requested to speak to Ms Rekha Sharma to discuss it. Received one liner, cryptic responses on mail to all. They made no effort to engage or connect with either me or Neha Bhasin or Shweta Pandit amongst several testimonies that were in the public domain. I believe in due process and systems and did exactly what I was asked to do. They could have shown some interest to write back or talk about the matter and actually meet us. They didn’t. What more documents can you provide in cases of sexual harassment and assault? Can we record or shoot it while it happens? Is that even possible.”
Her statement further read that the reports by NCW made her feel like a criminal rather than a complainant. “The ominous manner in which they communicated in one lines scared me I’ll be honest, it is like I was the criminal in their eyes. I dread to think about how they would treat women who don’t have a voice or means to tell the world anything. Going to Hyderabad after (victim’s name redacted) gets gang-raped to console the family and give quotes to media should not be their only job. This is a live case. So many victims & their families are living their trauma every time a person like Anu Malik flaunts himself on national TV. NCW should have at least tried to even talk with a few of us. It is the least we can expect for the system. This is not over. I am not one to give up the good fight easily. I’ll take it to my funeral pyre if required. This was the only ray of hope for a whole movement in India where all perpetrators went scot-free. Sony TV was a partner in crime by riding on this for publicity for their show as a marketing theme. India will not forgive them or Anu Malik and his supporters this easily. We will fight this together,” she added
Anu Mallik was called out in 2018 in the wake of #MeToo movement by many names from the singing fraternity for sexual harassment. The list also include Sona and Shweta Pandit. The episode led to him stepping down as the judge from the reality show Indian Idol.