Comedian Mallika Dua who has been strongly supporting the #MeToo must have been in a shock, when her father, a veteran journalist Vinod Dua got caught in the storm of the movement. Mr Dua was accused by filmmaker Nishtha Jain. In an elaborate post on Facebook, the filmmaker narrated her ordeal and claimed that he had sexually harassed her in June 1989. In the post, she also mentioned the controversial incident where Vinod Dua's daughter Mallika Dua, a popular comedian was at receiving end of a sexist remark by actor Akshay Kumar.
Responding to the allegation made by Jain, Mallika Dua put out her statement on the matter and said that she is in solidarity with the movement and she felt that dragging her name was in a bad taste. She also gave her piece of mind to all the trolls on the internet.
In her statement, she wrote, "If at all my father is truly guilty of what you described, it is unacceptable, traumatic and painful. I am in solidarity with the movement and in support of the voices but your dragging my name into this was in terrible taste. To opportunist bhakts and RW trolls, and those making this about me, F**k off. I'm still going to stand up against bigotry, misogyny, stand up for survivors, and for whatever the hell I believe in. Nothing gets to kill my vibe and I am not sorry."
She further wrote, "To everyone else, This is not my battle to fight. It is not MY responsibility or MY shame or MY burden. I will deal with this my way and on my time. Stop forcing women to give statements for your entertainment. I stand with the movement and will not let its objectives, ideals and purpose be hijacked by the shamers.This is my dad's battle, I will let him fight it and I will stand by him."
Several other renowned personalities including Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Subhash Ghai, and Karim Morani among others, have been accused of alleged sexual harassment. These revelations have created a huge stir in the Hindi film industry and many Bollywood stars have spoken up against the offenders and extended their support to the assault survivors.
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