Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah actress Munmun Dutta, who plays Babita Ji in the teleserial is in legal trouble. She has been booked under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for a casteist slur in a recent video. The FIR has been registered at Haryana’s Hansi.
As per reports, Nitika Gahlaut, Superintendent of Police, Hansi, confirmed that the case was registered at City Police Station under Section 3(1) (u) of the SCs and STs Act. The case was registered on Thursday and the matter was under investigation, said the police. The FIR has been registered by Rajat Kalsan, convenor, National Alliance for Dalit Human Rights on May 11. He also provided a compact disc with the video in which she allegedly made the objectionable comment. Munmun, in a make-up video had said that she wanted to look good and referred to a particular caste and said that she did not want to look like them.
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 (@rajat53548936) May 13, 2021
Her video was slammed by netizens and she later apologized for it stating, “This is in reference to a video that I posted yesterday where in one word used by me has been misinterpreted. It was never said with the intent of 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. I have utmost respect for every single person from every caste, creed or gender and acknowledge their immense contribution to our society or nation. I sincerely would like to apologise to every single person who have been an unintentionally hurt by the usage of the word and I sincerely regret for the same.”
UC celebraties like @moonstar4u, normalise casteist slurs & Casteism in Society. Shall not tolerated!
— Ritesh (@outcastritesh) May 10, 2021
However, she was still lambasted for her remark and director Neeraj Ghaywan tweeted, “Has been misinterpreted? Never said it with intent to hurt? There is no other interpretation! You said the B word and there is no way to cover it up. Apologise and shut up.”