The #MeToo movement in India is no less than a hurricane. With immense strength, it seems to be taking not only Bollywood but the entire nation by storm. Many actresses have come in the limelight to open up about the evils of the industry. While some are openly taking names, others are doing anonymously. Given the momentum it has generated it is difficult to differentiate the genuine from fake. Among the big names is that of veteran composer Anu Malik. Yes, Anu Malik got accused of sexual harassment.
Earlier we saw singer Shweta Pandit and Sona Mohapatra accusing Malik of sexual harassment, but Malik dismissed them. Now we are hearing that an anonymous woman has alleged that she has been harassed by him.
In a media report the woman, who is not yet named, talked about her #MeToo moment which involved Anu Malik. Apparently, this incident dates back to the ’90s, when the woman wanted to be a singer.
The anonymous woman was quoted as saying:
“My friend and I went to Neha Apartments [Malik’s house] in Juhu, 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 me over to his house again for another meeting. Since my friend was not in the city, I went alone. After we had an informal chat in his music room, he moved the conversation to the lounge.”
She further stated:
“Once there, 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. Irritated, he told me to stay put and went to answer the door. In the seconds that 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. He also dissuaded me from telling anyone, saying that no one would believe me as he was Anu Malik and I was a nobody. He also threatened to ‘know people’ if I went to the police station.”
“Having moved to the city only three years ago, I had little idea of Bombay roads. It was around 8.30pm 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 and urged him to let me go, 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.”
Apart from Anu Malik, other big names that have been dragged in this monumental movement includes MJ Akbar, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, and Vikas Bahl. Honestly, it is quite shocking to see the name of such people being dragged in the movement.