Sona Mohapatra is making the headlines ever since she objected MeToo accused Sajid Khan in Bigg Boss 16. She has been facing a lot of criticism for the same. In a recent interview, she expressed her disappointment with the television show like BB which supports sexual predators like Sajid Khan despite so many women raising their voices.
While speaking with Hindustan Times, Sona Mohapatra spoke about the television shows that whitewash the images of sexual offenders and expressed her disappointment. She even spoke of this, that if the case then is we part of the ‘culture of silence’ and normalise this.
She was quoted saying, “If we speak up, we lose. If we don’t, we lose. That is the Hobsons choice facing women who spoke up in India MeToo right now. Should we provide free PR and publicity to TV show’s diabolical marketing teams and channels giving a hero’s welcome, seats of authority & whitewashing serial sex offenders like Sajid Khan, Anu Malik, Vikas Behl & many more? Should we avoid bathing in the troll mud-bath that follows making our identity that of controversial trouble-makers, liars, attention hungry & worse or should we be part of the ‘culture of silence’ & normalise this”
She continued, “Thereby putting the message out to the world that yes, if you are a woman wanting to be a professional, earn a living & working, you need to be able to suck up & ‘deal with it’. The latter isn’t even an option for me & I am sure for the many brave ones in my sisterhood speaking up at the cost of their careers & mental peace.”
For the unversed, she had accused singer Kailash Kher and music composer Anu Malik of sexual misconduct under #MeToo ovement in 2018. Talking about the same she shared, “I reached out to the NCW with several testimonies of women who had spoken up about facing abuse in the hands of Anu Malik, some who were minors, but unfortunately they are merely a toothless organisation on paper with no real powers, led by people with no formal education in gender studies or grassroots experience”.
She continues, “Unless, we have re-looked and retuned this justice system to be able to deal with systemic serial abuse of power and harassment, don’t even dare shift the blame on the survivors of the same.”
Meanwhile, many celebrities like singer Sona Mohapatra, actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee, Urfi Javed, Tanushree Dutta, Sherlyn Chopra, Saloni Chopra and even Delhi Commission of Women chief Swati Maliwal had demanded his removal from the show.