Actor Munmun Dutta Booked Under SC/ST Act For Using Casteist Slur

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FIR against Munmun Dutta: Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah fame actor Munmun Dutta has reportedly been booked under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for using a casteist offensive in a video that went viral earlier this week.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered in Haryana Thursday pursuant to a complaint by Rajat Kalsan, member of the National Alliance for Dalit Human Rights, as per The Hindu. The complainant reportedly submitted a disc containing the video of Dutta in question, alongside his complaint.

Investigations in the case are underway. Dutta hasn’t publicly reacted to the FIR.

FIR Against Munmun Dutta: Here’s What Happened

A makeup video Dutta posted Sunday on social media captured her uttering a slur used in reference to members of Scheduled Castes. Soon after, a clip of the same went viral across internet platforms, as outrage built against her. On Twitter, she was in top trends with a section of netizens calling for her arrest.

Amid growing backlash, Dutta issued an apology on Twitter on May 10. “It was never said with the intent of insult, intimidate, humiliate or hurt anyone’s feelings,” she wrote. “Because of my language barrier, I was genuinely misinformed about the meaning of the word,” she wrote in her statement, saying she had taken down the offensive bit from her video.

Many have, however, dismissed Dutta’s apology claiming a “language barrier” on grounds that the actor has been in the Hindi film and television industry for well over a decade now. Read an opinion on it here.