Hours after filmmaker Nishtha Jain alleged she was sexually harassed by veteran journalist Vinod Dua, his daughter and comedian Mallika Dua has broken her silence. Taking to her social media pages, Mallika said that it was her ‘dad’s battle’ adding that ‘I will let him fight it and I will stand by him.’
She wrote, “To Everyone Else, This NOT my battle to fight. It’s not MY responsibility of MY shame or MY burden. I will deal with this my way and on my time. Stop forcing women to give statements for your entertainment.
“I stand with the movement and will not let its objectives, ideals and purpose be hijacked by the shamers. This is my dad’s battle, I will let him fight it and I will stand by him.
Mallika made it clear that if her father was guilty, then it will unacceptable, traumatic and painful. But she said that Jain dragging her name into her allegations of sexual harassment was in ‘terrible taste.’
She wrote, “If at all my father is truly guilty of what you described, it is unacceptable, traumatic and painful. I am in solidarity with the movement and in support of the voices but your dragging my name into this was in terrible taste.”
Jain responded apologising for having dragged Mallika’s name into her MeToo revelation.
“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,” Jain wrote on Facebook.
The comedian also chided right-wing trolls for targeting her in the wake of allegations against her father. She wrote, “To opportunist bhakts and RW trolls, and those making this about me, Fuck off. I’m still going to stand up against bigotry, misogyny, stand up for survivors, and for whatever the hell I believe in. Nothing gets to kill my vibe and IM NOT SORRY.”
Earlier on Sunday evening, news website The Wire had issued a statement acknowledging that it had note of Jain’s complaint’s against Dua, who works for the website as a consulting editor.