Anu Malik Steps Down As Judge From ‘Indian Idol’, Sona Mohapatra Says ‘It’s A Symbolic Victory’

Mumbai: Following a massive outcry against him over allegations of sexual harassment, Bollywood music composer Anu Malik has reportedly stepped down as judge from the ongoing season 11 of ‘Indian Idol.’

Confirming about the development to IANS, a source at Sony TV, the channel which airs the show, said that Malik ‘is stepping down as a judge from Indian Idol’.

Singer Sona Mohapatra had levelled the sexual harassment charges against Malik last year following which the music composer stepped down from season 10 of the show.

Apart from Sona, singers such as Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit also alleged the same against Malik. However when Sony TV reinstated Malik on season 11 this year, Mohapatra restarted her campaign against him and the channel.

Meanwhile, Sona Mohapatara said that she considers music composer Anu Malik’s stepping down as ‘Indian Idol’ judge a ‘symbolic victory’ for all women who have faced sexual harassment.

“It’s great news. Sony TV took a long time do this but I am happy that he has finally stepped down from the show. It’s a battle of the whole country. There are so many people who did not want to see this person (Malik) flaunting himself on national television because it gives a lot of wrong messages to predators that they can also get away with such a thing,” IANS reported Sona as saying.

“I was fighting for fairness and justice. Now, after hearing this news, I think it is a victory for everybody — not just me but also for all other women who were badly treated by him. It is a symbolic victory. Our fight is not over yet, it’s just a start. We are not going to sit here and let people to take us for granted,” she added.