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Know why #MeToo case against Anu Malik closed by National Commission for Women

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 January 2020, 11:57 IST
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Former judge of Indian Idol 11 Anu Malik was hitting the headlines when he was sacked from the singing reality show owing to the sexual harassment case against him. Once again the singer is back in the news, as per the recent reports National Commission for Women (NCW) has decided to close the case.

The singer’s case has been closed on the account of lack of substantial evidence and communication on the part of the complaint. The reports also state that Under Secretary, National Commission for Women (NCW), Barnali Shome wrote a letter to Madhuri Malhotra, head, Standards and Practices, Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited on 3rd January 2020. The letter stated that NCW had taken cognizance of Sona Mohapatra’s tweet wherein she alleged that Malik was made a judge for youth on National TV dismissing the testimonies of women over sexual harassment and assault.

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The letter further mentioned that the Commission has closed the case due to lack of communication and substantial evidence sought from the complainant. However, Rekha Sharma, Chairperson of NCW mentioned that they are willing to reopen the case if the complainant comes forward with more evidence.

Those who came in late then let us tell you Sona Mohapatra, Neha Bhasin, Shweta Pandit and Caralisa Monteiro accused Malik. Sona took to her Twitter account to raise her voice and slam the Indian Idol 11 makers for allowing Anu to judge the show despite the serious allegation against him. Following the backlash from the public, the makers and the channel had to sack Anu and replace him with Himesh Reshammiya.

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First published: 17 January 2020, 11:25 IST