Munmun Dutta, popularly known as Babita ji from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, is in trouble again. The actress had recently used a casteist slur on social media which didn’t go down well with the people. Congress activist Vinod Kajaniya from Mulund, Mumbai, had filed a complaint with Goregaon police station against Munmun Dutta on May 12. The police station then forwarded the complaint to Amboli police station under whose jurisdiction the actress resides.
CONGRESS FILES FIR AGAINST MUNMUN DUTTA
On May 26, an FIR was registered by the police under various sections of The Scheduled Castes & Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 2015 along with section 295 of IPC by complainant, and office bearer of Valmiki Vikas Sangh, Reshampal Bohit. There have been FIR’s in other states against Munmun Dutta’s remark but this is the only FIR registered in Maharashtra and Mumbai. Activists are now demanding immediate arrest of the actress.
Rajesh Ingle, executive member of Mumbai Congress, “There are many actors from Valmiki community in the TV and film industry who are beautiful and thus Munmun Dutta’s remark of attributing specific community to ugliness was extremely shocking and has hurt millions from the community; including her fans. Taking cognizance of her status as a popular television star and celebrity, her remarks should have been more responsible and sensitive. Nevertheless, it is essential that an example should be set by arresting Dutta for her casteist remark so that the citizens and celebrities take cue and refrain from insulting or demeaning SC & ST community with similar remarks.”
FIR AGAINST MUNMUN BY A DALIT ACTIVIST
Earlier, dalit rights activist, Rajat Kalsan, had also registered a complaint against Munmun Dutta at Hansi Police Station in Hissar, Haryana. The FIR was filed against the actress under section 3(1) (u) of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Rajat Kalsan, a lawyer, had shared a copy of the FIR against Munmun on Twitter.
Have a look:
First information report has been registered against the actress Munmun Dutta @ Babita ji at police station City Hansi under section 3(1) (u) of SC ST POA act.
Complaint is got registered by dalit rights activist Rajat kalsan. pic.twitter.com/Z7ZTfZXa54
— Rajat Kalsan (@rajatkalsan3010) May 13, 2021
WHAT DID MUNMUN DUTTA SAY?
Munmun Dutta recently shared a video where she was seen interacting with her fans. Talking about her make-up, she says, “Lip tint ko halka sa blush ki tarah laga liya hai because main YouTube pe aane wali hoon aur main achha dikhna chahti hoon. Bh***i ki tarah nahi dikhna chahti hoon.”
For the uninitiated, the term used by Munmun Dutta, was coined by upper castes in the 19th century to denote members of a Dalit caste employed in sanitation and manual scavenging.
#ARRESTMUNMUNDUTTA TRENDS ON TWITTER
Twitter users started trending #ArrestMunmunDutta after the actress used the castiest slur in her video. After being criticised for her casteist slur, Munmun Dutta trimmed her video and also issued an apology on social media. She wrote, “This is in reference to a video I posted yesterday where in one word used by me has been misinterpreted. It was never said with the intent of insult, intimidate, humiliate or hurt anyone’s feelings. Because of my language barrier, I was genuinely misinformed about the meaning of the word. Once I was made aware of it meaning I immediately took the part down (sic).”
She further wrote, “I sincerely would like to apologise to every single person who have been unintentionally hurt by the usage of the word and I sincerely regret for the same (sic).”
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Munmun Dutta began her career as a model and later made her debut on television with Hum Sab Baraati Hai. She was also a part of films like Mumbai Express and Holiday.