Veteran journalist Vinod Dua is the latest name to be accused of sexual harassment and misconduct in India’s own #MeToo movement. Vinod Dua is the father of actress-comedienne Mallika Dua. In a detailed Facebook post, Nishtha Jain, a filmmaker, has revealed details about Vinod Dua’s misbehavior.
Some time back Vinod had stood up for his daughter when Akshay had directed some sexist comments towards her. However, now it’s ironic that Vinod himself has come under the scanner. “When I read about his outrage against Akshay Kumar’s sexist words to his daughter Malika Dua, I said to myself he’s obviously forgotten that he was no less sexist, no less misogynist, no less creepy a sexual harasser, potential rapist,” Nishtha wrote in her FB post.
It was June 1989. I still remember the day because it was my birthday. There was extended family at home and mom was…
The incident allegedly took place in June 1989, when Nishtha had met Vinod for a job interview. Besides telling her a lewd sexual joke, he asked her, “Tumhari aukat kya hai?” (What is your worth?) when Nishtha quoted her salary expectations. Then Nishtha got a job elsewhere but Vinod found out from his friends and encountered her at the parking lot of her office. He then slobbered all over her face and for several days stalked her before giving up.
While Vinod Dua is yet to respond to these allegations, his daughter, Mallika Dua has issued a statement in relation to this controversy. She said that even though she is in solidarity of the movement, it isn’t her battle to fight. She also added, “If at all my father is truly guilty of what you described, it is unacceptable, traumatic and painful.” Mallika Dua promises to stand up against bigotry, misogyny and stand up for survivors. “Nothing gets to kill my vibe,” she added.
Nishtha has however apologized to Mallika for naming her in the post. “Sorry, if I have inadvertently shamed Mallika Dua. I had no such intention. Thanks for friends and supporters for pointing this out. She’s in no way responsible for her father’s acts. However, I do hope she’ll be able to believe me, empathise with me as well as the other women he has harassed.”
By Abhishek Aggarwal