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Actor Munmun Dutta booked for casteist slur

Munmun Dutta  

Munmun Dutta aka “Babijta Ji”who starred in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, 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.

Nitika Gahlaut, Superintendent of Police, Hansi, confirmed that the case was registered at the City Police Station under Section 3(1) (u) of the SCs and STs Act on Thursday and the matter was under investigation.

The FIR was registered following a complaint on May 11 by Rajat Kalsan, convenor of the National Alliance for Dalit Human Rights. Mr. Kalsan submitted a CD with the video in which Ms. Dutta, while demonstrating make-up techniques, is seen saying she wanted to look good, and referring to members of a particular Scheduled Caste to say she did not want to look like them.

The actor later apologised on social media, blaming the words used on “language barrier” and saying that she was “genuinely misinformed about the meaning of the word”. “I sincerely would like to apologise to every single person who has been unintentionally hurt by the usage of the word and I sincerely regret for the same,” said the post.


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