Case Registered Against Munmun Dutta Under SC/ST Act

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Case Registered Against Munmun Dutta for derogatory comments: Acase was registered against Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah actor Munmun Dutta on Tuesday evening after her makeup video allegedly containing objectionable words for the Scheduled Castes and Tribes community went viral on social media.

Dutta, who plays the role of Babita Iyer in the comedy serial, is facing an FIR under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and investigations are underway, according to a news report.

In the said video, Dutta allegedly used a castiest slur against India’s marginalised communities while getting ready for her fans and demonstrating to them her makeup techniques. She referred to members of a particular SC community to say she did not want to look like them in a YouTube video. Prominent activist Hansraj Meena tagged Mumbai Police on her video, notifying them to take strict action against her. The now-deleted clip created a massive outrage over the past week and Dutta had to issue a statement apologising for her words. She had also taken her video down.

The 33-year-old clarified that the word she used has been “misinterpreted” and was not meant to “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 its meaning I immediately took the part down,” Dutta, who hails from West Bengal, said in a statement. She further explained that she has the most respect for every single person from every caste, creed or gender and acknowledged their immense contribution to society.

Back in 2017, taking to Instagram, Dutta had opened up about a bad experience when the #MeToo wave had hit the country. She had spoken about the time when as a little girl she was scared of the neighbourhood uncle or her older cousins or as she explained the man who saw her at the hospital when she was born and thirteen years later  thought it’s appropriate for him to touch her body because she was a growing teenager. Read more about Munmun Dutta here.