Singer Sona Mohapatra has shared a long note on Twitter against the National Commission of Women’s decision to close the sexual harassment case against music composer Anu Malik. Sona said that unlike what the NCW has said, she did collate and send multiple testimonials from Malik’s alleged victims, soon after they asked for it.
Sona said she was in Paris for an event when she heard the news that the case had been dropped. “I just finished an event in Paris where I was representing India at an ISRO sattelite launch by a Europeon agency & came out elated with the response to my views and singing only to hear and read this heartbreaking news on social media. That statement of the NCW chairperson is wrong. I collated multiple testimonies painstakingly & mailed it to them within a few days of them asking for it. Got a one line reply “Kindly send further submission (if any) regarding the complaint.” to my ten pages. No dear no regards, just the above,” she wrote.
“I requested to speak to Ms Rekha Sharma to discuss it. Received one liner, cryptic responses on mail to all. They made no effort to engage or connect with either me or Neha Bhasin or Shweta Pandit amongst several testimonies that were in the public domain. I believe in due process and systems and did exactly what I was asked to do. They could have shown some interest to write back or talk about the matter and actually meet us. They didn’t. What more documents can you provide in cases of sexual harassment and assault? Can we record or shoot it while it happens? Is that even possible,” Sona added in her note.