Mumbai: Singer Sona Mohapatra considers music composer Anu Malik’s stepping down as ‘Indian Idol’ judge a “symbolic victory” for all women who have faced sexual harassment, reported news agency IANS.
Singer Sona Mohapatra while speaking to the media 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.”
The issue surfaced in 2018 when Sona Mohapatra, for the first time, accused Anu Malik of sexual misconduct, which forced the composer to step down from season 10 of the show last year. Singers Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit had also joined Mrs. Mohapatra in alleging sexual harassment against Anu Malik.