There’s a war going on in the music world. Sonu Nigam recently lent his support to Anu Malik even though singers Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit accused him of sexual harassment. Sonu came forward to defend Malik, saying, “If you say, ‘Anu Malik met me this morning’, that’s fine. You accused him without any proof; let’s accept that too. Had he [Anu Malik] wanted to say anything, he could have said a lot. But he did not. If I say that you misbehaved with me, you will ask me for proof. But there’s no proof, right? Despite that, people are respecting the accusers, who are tarnishing Anu Malik’s name. But how can you ban him? How can you snatch his bread and butter? How can you torture his family?”

In response, a disappointed Mohapatra slammed her fellow Bollywood singer over the comments he made about Pakistani performers and in defence of Malik.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Mohapatra reacted:

Commenting on his thoughts about Pakistani singers when Sonu had said that singers from across the border are taking away jobs that should go to local talent – Mohapatra wrote, “Are Arijeet Singh, Badshah,Vishal Dadlani from Pakistan though?”

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On Wednesday, Sonu defended his earlier comments in a Facebook post. “My point about being better off being born in Pakistan was about the music companies in India asking Indian singers to pay 40-50 per cent of their concerts remunerations to them, and only then they’ll work with those artistes.. but they don’t ask the same from the singers from abroad, namely Pakistan,” he wrote.

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“Women have been oppressed throughout the course of history and it’s high time to end this mindset of treating them like properties or trophies, and now they walk hand-in-hand and shoulder-to-shoulder with men,” Sonu said in a statement to IANS.

In the wake of the #MeToo allegations, the singer had previously accused singer Kailash Kher of sexual harassment.

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