The Mumbai police on Saturday registered an FIR against television actor Munmun Dutta for allegedly using a casteist slur in a video that created a social media storm days ago.
The case relates to the remark that the “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma” actor made in a video about make-up, which she had posted on YouTube on May 9, in which she was heard using a word for a specific community.
“The case against Dutta was registered on May 26 based on a complaint lodged by Naresh Bohit (40), a community leader and a worker of a political party, at Goregaon police station on May 12,” the police official said as per agency reports. “Since the actor resides in Amboli police station limits, the complaint application was forwarded to that police station, he said.
On May 26, an FIR was registered by police under various sections including IPC sections 295(A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and section 3 of the Prevention of Atrocities against SC/ST Act.
Earlier, an FIR was filed against Munmun at Hansi city in Haryana after a complaint was registered against the ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ actor by Dalit rights activist Rajat Kalsan. She was booked under section 3(1) (u) of the SC-ST POA act.
For the uninitiated, on a video, the actor had used a casteist slur and she trimmed the video soon after being called out by people on social media. Munmun was talking about make-up when she referred to a particular community. The comment created a widespread furore and Munmun apologised saying she was “genuinely misinformed about the meaning of the word”.
Her apology, issued on Twitter, reads: “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,” she added.
“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,” she concluded.