Anu Malik has been mired in controversies, with several sexual harassment allegations levelled against him. The latest is a notice sent by the National Commission for Women (NCW), which has resulted in his ouster as a judge from the singing reality show, Indian Idol 11 on Sony Entertainment Television.
The official government body sent a notice to the broadcasting channel following an open letter by singer Sona Mohapatra to Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development. The notice was addressed to Rohit Gupta, President, Sony Entertainment Television.
The channel in question had recently received some serious flak on for having reinstated Malik as a judge on Indian Idol 11. After being served the notice, a final call has been taken by the show executives.
According to media reports, Anu Malik has quit the show with immediate effect. A source close to the development added that the channel hasn’t found a replacement as yet.
The NCW also shared the legal notice served to the channel on their official Twitter handle. The notice features a mention of singer Sona Mohapatra's tweet whilst seeking an explanation from the channel on the matter.
An excerpt from the notice stated, "The National Commission for Women has come across a Twitter post of Ms Sona Mohapatra wherein it has been alleged that Sony TV has ignored the testimonies of multiple women against a person regarding sexual harassment and assault has further been made a judge for youngsters on national television."
Sona Mohapatra immediately took to Twitter to thank everyone who supported the just cause. She said, "Thank you to all the women & men & the media of India who supported our campaign #MoveOutMalik. A repeat offender like Anu Malik on national tv triggered a lot of trauma, pain & stress in many of our lives. I have been ill for a while & I hope to sleep well tonight." (sic)
Post the #MeToo movement and the uproar against Anu Malik, the Women and Child Development Ministry has reportedly begun listing all sex offenders in a digital database. On the other hand, the musician continues to deny all the harassment charges levied against him.