DCW chief Swati Maliwal writes to I&B Minister seeking Sajid Khan’s exit


New Delhi: Sajid Khan’s entry into Bigg Boss 16 has sparked further debate about the authenticity of the #MeToo movement in India. Several celebrities and social media users criticized the event and the Colors TV channel for giving the director a platform despite being accused of sexual harassment several times. Swati Maliwal, chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, has now objected to her admission and demanded that she be removed from the famous reality show.

On Monday, the DCW chief took to Twitter to take issue with Sajid Khan, saying the myriad of allegations leveled against him proved his “disgusting attitude”. Swati Maliwal also said that she has contacted Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur regarding the matter.

He tweeted in Hindi, “Ten women have accused Sajid Khan of sexual harassment during the #MeToo movement. All these complaints show Sajid’s disgusting mentality. Well, this man got a place in Bigg Boss which is wrong. I have written to @ianuragthakur to remove Sajid Khan from this show.”

He also wrote, “Though there is a public outcry against Khan’s inclusion in the show, the makers of the show are reluctant to remove him as they are obviously gaining TRPs and ratings from the ensuing controversy.”

Mandana Karimi, one of the women who accused Sajid during the MeToo movement, has now spoken out against his participation in Bigg Boss. Sona Mohapatra, Devoleena Bhattacharjee, Uorfi Javed and Saloni Chopra have all spoken strongly against it.

The Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) banned Sajid for a year in 2018 when the allegations surfaced. In his place, Farhad Samji took over as the director of Housefull 4.

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