New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women chief, Swati Maliwal wrote to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Monday, calling for the removal of filmmaker Sajid Khan from the reality TV show Bigg Boss.
Maliwal cited charges of sexual harassment made against him by multiple women during the #MeToo movement as the reason for his removal.
The DCW chief took to her Twitter account on Monday to talk about Sajid Khan, and said that the numerous complaints against him show his ‘disgusting mentality.’ She also said that the show makers do not want to remove him as they want to gain TRP and viewership, and shared pictures of her letter to Anurag Thakur.
“Ten women had accused Sajid Khan of sexual harassment during the #MeToo movement. All these complaints show the disgusting mentality of Sajid. Now, this man has been given a place in Bigg Boss, which is wrong. I have written to @ianuragthakur to have Sajid Khan removed from this show,” Maliwal tweeted in Hindi.
साजिद खान के ख़िलाफ़ 10 महिलाओं ने #MeToo मूव्मेंट के दौरान यौन शोषण के आरोप लगाए थे। ये सभी कम्प्लेंट साजिद की घिनौनी मानसिकता दिखाती है। अब ऐसे आदमी को Bigg Boss में जगह दी गयी है जो कि पूरी तरह ग़लत है। मैंने @ianuragthakur जी को पत्र लिखा है की साजिद खान को इस शो से हटवाएँ! pic.twitter.com/4ao9elyvkk
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) October 10, 2022
Sajid Khan was suspended for a year by the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) in 2018 after the allegations surfaced against him. He was also replaced by Farhad Samji as the director of Housefull 4.