FIR against TMKOC’s Munmun Dutt aka Babita for using casteist slur
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah's Munmun Dutt has been booked for using casteist slur in a video.
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s Munmun Dutt who is best known for her portrayal of Babita Iyer has landed into trouble yet again. Recently, she uploaded a video on social media and received backlash as many users claimed that she has used a casteist slur. Soon after, #ArrestMunmunDutt also started trending on Twitter.
In the video, Munmun shared a makeup tutorial video on her Instagram, in which while interacting with the audience, she used the slur. “Lip tint ko halka sa blush ki tarah laga liya hai because main YouTube pe aane wali hoon aur main achha dikhn chahti hoon. Bhangi ki tarah nahi dikhna chahti hoon.”
Now, an FIR has been filed at Haryana’s Hansi against the actress for using a casteist slur. Dalit rights activist Rajat Kalsan has registered an FIR for being insensitive in her video. According to a report in India Today, the FIR has been filed under section 3(1) (u) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Rajat Kalsan, a lawyer, shared a copy of the FIR on Twitter.
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 رجت کلسن (@rajat53548936) May 13, 2021
Later, on May 10, she issued an apology on social media for using the slur and said that she was misinformed about the meaning of the word. Munmun said that she respects everyone from “every caste, creed or gender and acknowledge their immense contribution to our society or nation.”
“I sincerely would like to apologize to every single person who has been unintentionally hurt by the usage of the word and sincerely regret for the same,” Munmun added.
— Munmun Dutta (@moonstar4u) May 10, 2021