Aditya Narayan Defends Anu Malik Against The Sexual Assault Claims. We Are Shaking Our Heads
Look we aren’t saying everyone suspected of a crime needs to be punished or shamed in society but there are certain issues like sexual assault that shouldn’t be forgiven or forgotten. Even if it hasn’t been proven in court, when a bunch of women have similar stories about a man maybe instead of doubting a bunch of victims, we should place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the man. Yep, you guessed it right we are talking about ‘serial predator’, Anu Malik. But that is old news, everyone’s read the stories, knows the entertainment industry is full of these stories thanks to the #MeToo movement. But that has died down now and everyone is back to merrily doing their jobs. But you know what scratches at old wounds? When another man comes in support of behaviour like this. Yes, Aditya Narayan we are talking to you. Do you really want to condone sexual assault because apparently Anu Malik was nice to you?
After judging like a gazillion Indian Idol seasons, Anu Malik is officially on the panel again. If that isn’t infuriating enough, the show’s host Aditya Narayan defended Anu Malik’s actions that caused him to step down last season in the first place. He says someone who has not been charged legally of any offence can’t be expected to sit at home. That statement is wrong on so many levels. At the same time he is also saying he supports the #MeToo movement and women should be treated better. So which one is it Aditya? Because you sure as hell can’t be diplomatic in a situation like this.
When Aditya was asked about bringing Anu Malik back to the Indian Idol panel he told IANS, “Anuji is one of the most loved and respected musicians. In fact, I owe a lot to him because I sang my first ever Bollywood song for him for Akele Hum Akele Tum movie. I have immense respect for him but honestly you really don’t know anyone completely. You don’t know anyone from head to toe even if you have been with them… You don’t know every single aspect of their life. There is no point for me on commenting on Anuji and his life. As far I know, he is a wonderful human being. He has always been nice to me. These allegations come from the opposite gender.”
Let’s highlight something shall we, “These allegations come from the opposite gender.” What in the world does that even mean? Of course, it always comes from the opposite gender, if the opposite gender is the being targeted by people like Anu Malik. You can’t expect ‘the opposite gender’ to quietly endure everything and not make these allegations. Also, is it someone justified because it comes from women? Would you up in arms if men were complaining?
That’s not all, he also went on to say, “Women should not be treated the way they have been allegedly treated. Everything has to go through the order of the law, and I hope our jury takes the right decision,” Another redundant, ignorant statement. I mean, obviously they don’t understand what it feels like to have your consent taken away from you, to be the subject of lewd remarks and the feeling that perhaps your battle will be futile because the person you’re accusing is more privileged. Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t this the whole basis of the #MeToo movement? Women speaking up in the media so the man will be forced to come forward?
His ridiculous statements do not end here. It goes on, he also said, “If somebody has not been legally charged of doing something then you can’t really hold a gun to their head and expect them to sit at home. Anuji has a family. He has two wonderful daughters. I am sure the girls are in that age where they need to be supported. I don’t know if it’s true or not.”
Wait, so a man accused of sexual assault by at least a dozen women should be welcomed back just because he has daughters and has not been convicted? By that very flawed logic, so many molesters will just walk free. Women like Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit don’t care he has daughters, those women have to live with the image of Anu Malik with his pants down burned in their brain for the rest of their lives. You want to make a statement? Get on the right side of this game first. He was nice to you? Great, but that doesn’t not mean he should be allowed to pull shit like this off and then have other men defend him for it.
We can’t stand for something like this. Defending someone like Anu Malik only gives him the validation he needs to deny all the claims that he should be convicted for.