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Neha Bhasin raises 'predatory' behaviour of Anu Malik as #MeToo allegations against him rise again

Singer Neha Bhasin opened up on social media about her own experience with the music composer several years ago.

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While the furore caused by the #MeToo movement last year in India has ebbed somewhat, women continue to fight against their oppressors. After singer Sona Mohapatra was targeted by trolls on social media for raising her complaint against music composer Anu Malik, singer Neha Bhasin has added her voice in support.

Bhasin also revealed her own experience of what she described as the predatory behaviour of Malik.

Sharing her experience, the former Viva band member said, "We do live in a very sexist world. Anu Malik is a predator, I too have run away from his strange moves when I was 21. I didn't let myself get into a sticky situation beyond him lying on a sofa in front of me talking about my eyes in a studio. I fled lying [that] my mum's waiting below. He even messaged and called me after that to which I stopped responding," she said in a post that has created a stir online.

Last year, Anu Malik had had to step down from the popular music talent show Indian Idol following allegations by Mohapatra, Shweta Pandit and Alisha Chinai.

However, Sony TV, in a shocking display of tone-deafness to the issue, reinstated Malik as a judge on the show this year. That decision earned the wrath of Mohapatra, who tagged the channel and the television broadcasting association to question the action. 

Mohapatra has also accused Malik's co-judges, singer-composer Vishal Dadlani and actor-singer Sonu Nigam, of supporting him on the show. 

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