Anu Malik Name in #MeToo

Just days before Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit called out Anu Malik for harassing them. Recently two more women named Anu Malik for sexually harassing them.

On Saturday, the first woman recalled that the Indian Idol Judge “rubbed his body” against her and when she expressed shock at his behaviour, he apologised in a submissive manner.

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In 1990 survivor met Malik at Mehboob Studios where he rubbed his body against her in brief meeting and apologised then and there. But the situation became worse when she found herself coordinating with Malik for a fundraiser. My friend and I went to Malik’s house, upon Anu Malik’s request to discuss the fundraiser. He introduced us to his wife and Anmol, who was around eight months old.

A few days later he called again as my friend was not in town I went. As we moved to the lounge after an informal chat, he sat next to me on the sofa. I realised I was trapped as his family was not at home. He then lifted my skirt and dropped his pants. I thought of pushing him and rushing out the door, but he was too strong for me. Luckily, the doorbell rang at that moment.

He told me to stay. In seconds he dealt with the delivery boy, I tried to leave. But he caught hold of me in the narrow passage. He apologised stating that he was a ‘passionate’ guy, and offered to drop me at my residence. 

 It was around 8.30 PM when he drove into a dark, empty maidan. Scared, I asked him where we were. But he simply unzipped his pants and asked me to lick him! I told him, no, but he pulled me by my hair and stuffed my face in his lap, hurling abuses as he did so. Thankfully, a security guard tapped on the window at that moment. As he spoke to the guard, I unlocked my door and ran for my life.”

Another woman who is an inspiring singer was approached as wild card entry for Indian Idol, but she refused as she was sexually harassed seven years ago by Anu Malik who is one of the three judges in the show.

She recalls Malik is one of the several music composers she met during her struggling years as a singer. While her first meeting with him progressed smoothly, she was scarred by what transpired in the second meeting at Sahara Studios, Goregaon. “He asked me if I had a boyfriend. When I said ‘no’, he said, ‘Oh, so you don’t even have anyone to hold you, you must be so lonely.”You should wear a chiffon sari next time you meet me.’

At this point, I knew it was time to leave. As I got up, he grabbed me and hugged me, all the while running his hands over my body. Panic struck me as I realised the recording studio was sound-proof and no one would hear me even if I screamed. I pushed him away and said, ‘What do you think you’re doing?’

The sick pervert immediately broke into his presumably rehearsed line: ‘No, I am happy with my wife, I am a sensitive man!’ I rushed out and was relieved to be out on the road and safe again. When I told a friend, who is a successful singer’s daughter, about the incident, she said, ‘Anu Mama strikes again.'”

Anu Malik lawyer had denied the claims.

However, Malik’s lawyer has issued a statement denying all the claims made by the singer as false and baseless. The statement reads, “The allegations made against my client are emphatically denied as completely false and baseless. My client respects the #Metoo movement but to use this movement to start a character assassination mission is obnoxious.”

It’s a shame how this count is increasing every day. Women’s are speaking out. All started with Tanushree DuttaAIB came, Utsav ChakrabortyAnurag Verma from HuffPost India, also Jeeveshu AhluwaliaRajat KapoorAlok NathGaurang Doshi from Bollywood with Vairamuthu the Tamil lyricist as well. MJ Akbar is also accused by several women’s. It’s actually difficult to recall all the names as these are coming thick and fast.

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