"a considered decision to sneak in serial sexual predators"
Singer Sona Mohapatra lashed out at TV channels, accusing them of sneaking in A-list singers who have been accused of sexual misconduct.
She vented her anger on Twitter after Indian Idol 12 released promos for upcoming episodes.
It revealed that former judge Anu Malik will be a guest on the show.
Anu Malik stepped down from the show in 2018 following several allegations of sexual misconduct.
In a series of tweets, Sona called out the TV channels that continue to invite celebrities onto their shows, despite the allegations against them.
In her first tweet, Sona wrote:
“In all the death, despair and scrambling to stay afloat in this pandemic, TV channels have made a considered decision to sneak in serial sexual predators called out by multiple women in the public domain and put them on the chair.
“This is not my shame India. It’s on @NCWIndia and you.”
In her next tweet, Sona named Anu Malik and Kailash Kher. She also tagged the National Commission for Women.
She continued: “Anu Malik, Kailash Kher had even minors on their lists of women who spoke up about being sexually harassed and assaulted.
“I have details of the legal docs sent by women to @NCWIndia from abroad even. They received no response.
“These men are confident that #India doesn’t care about us.”
Anu Malik,Kailash Kher had even minors on their lists of women who spoke up about being sexually harassed & assaulted. I have details of the legal docs sent by women to @NCWIndia from abroad even. They received no response.These men are confident that #India doesn’t care about us https://t.co/1GcJl5WunK
— Sona Mohapatra (@sonamohapatra) May 6, 2021
The singer’s tweets received a lot of support from netizens, who agreed that TV channels inviting such celebrities have “no shame”.
Sona Mohapatra has been open about various subjects, including trolling and body shaming.
Previously, she was asked whether she has ever lost out on work because of her opinions. She said:
“Of course, I have lost out on work but I have also found the kind of work that really suits me.”
Sona recalled that she was asked to leave Sa Re Ga Ma Pa overnight because of her opinions.
She elaborated: “Overnight I was asked to leave Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, the television show and I was the first female judge in 23 years.
“The first person to bear the brunt of being vocal was me. I was asked to leave in 24 hours.
“But it pained me, my team, hell of a lot at that point of time but we got over it and we got back with a bang.”