Sexual harassment: Sona Mohapatra thanks Tanushree Dutta for support

Singer Sona Mohapatra has expressed gratitude to actress Tanushree Dutta for her support after the latter praised her for raising voice against music composer Anu Malik, who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, adding that the #MeToo movement is far from dead.

Recently, Anu Malik had shared an open letter addressing the #MeToo allegations against him. Sona Mohapatra reacted to the music director’s letter by sharing a lengthy note in which she suggested that Malik register himself into a sex rehab.

Following this, Tanushree Dutta came out in support of Sona. The Bollywood actress has also slammed Sony TV and Indian Idol 11 judge, Neha Kakkar for working with Me Too accused Anu Malik.

Tanushree sent out an official statement urging people to appreciate and celebrate strong women like Sona Mohapatra. She also called out the makers of Indian Idol and Neha Kakkar as they continue to work with Malik.

Tanushree said that she wants to stand up, raise her hands up in the air, and applaud for Sona because she fought against Anu Malik. She was also happy about the fact that Anu Malik had returned as a judge on Indian Idol was also called out.

Mohapatra said she felt “elated” after reading the actor’s critique of the channel’s “double standards”. “My own fight is not against just one man, but with an entire system which normalises sexual harassment and encourages perverted behaviour, power play and a lopsided system. I am not one to tire easily or run away from a battlefield and one odd fight might be lost but ultimately the war will be won.

“The tide is turning and while it does take time, the good people of the world do rally together to fight evil and help change things for the larger good. So many speaking up and showing solidarity in public has strengthened the movement. MeToo will not die that easily, the second wave is here and its TimesUp now,” the singer posted.