#MeToo: Sonu Nigam backs Anu Malik, asks for proof against claims of sexual harassment

New Delhi: Popular Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam extended his support to music director Anu Malik who was accused of sexual misconduct by several women, during an event organised by a reputed media group. He said that we respect accusers even without proof, but it is not the other way round.

Earlier this year, the #MeeToo movement exposed many renowned figures from the film fraternity, accusing them of sexual harassment.

In October this year, four female singers including Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit accused Anu Malik of his predatory behaviour. The singers revealed their horrific experience on social media, and following the allegations leveled against him, Malik stepped down from the jury panel of the famous television show “Indian Idol season 10”.

Sonu Nigam said, “I haven’t had enough opportunity to speak on this subject. I myself am a witness to how power is misused. I said #MeToo ten years ago, when a journalist kept harassing me. He had told a director that if he [the director] worked with me, he [the journalist] would kill himself.”

Opining on how sexual harassment claims can be baseless, he said, “If you say, ‘Anu Malik met me this morning’, that’s fine. You accused him without any proof; let’s accept that too. Had he [Anu Malik] wanted to say anything, he could have said a lot. But he did not. If I say that you misbehaved with me, you will ask me for proof. But there’s no proof, right? Despite that, people are respecting the accusers, who are tarnishing Anu Malik’s name. But how can you ban him? How can you snatch his bread and butter? How can you torture his family?”

The singer’s point of the argument was that when there are claims of sexual misconduct against one person he people should not go beyond a point to punish his family for his deeds.

“Who has given us the right to be the judiciary of someone else’s life? Or you provide concrete proof. I have two sisters. I stand for them. But that does not mean that you put a stop to someone’s work. How can that happen?” asked Sonu. “The torture, harassment, can happen anywhere. It happens in the corporate world too. You have accused him, you have shamed him; now don’t punish his family. Get proof first,” said the singer.