UPDATED: May 10, 2021 20:26 IST
unmun Dutta, popularly known as Babitaji from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, found herself in a soup for using a casteist slur in a video that she posted online. Twitter started trending #ArrestMunmunDutta.
WHAT DID MUNMUN DUTTA SAY?
Munmun Dutta shared a video where she is seen interacting with her fans. Talking about her make-up, she says, “Lip tint ko Halka sa blush ki tarah laga liya hai because main YouTube pe aane wali hoon aur main achha dikhn chahti hoon. Bh***i ki tarah nahi dikhna chahti hoon.”
For the uninitiated, the term used by Munmun Dutta was coined by upper castes in the 19th century to denote members of a Dalit caste employed in sanitation and manual scavenging.
#ARRESTMUNMUNDUTTA TRENDS ON TWITTER
A Twitter user posted a part of the video where Munmun Dutta used the word ‘Bh***i’. “#ArrestMunmunDutta Request @NCSC_GoI @thevijaysampla sir to please take Cognizance so that @moonstar4u to be booked immediately in #SCSTAct (sic),” read his tweet.
Have a look at the tweet:
Another user wrote, “UC celebrities like @moonstar4u, normalise casteist slurs & Casteism in Society. Shall not tolerate! Unconstitutional & shall be booked under SC/ST act immediately. #ArrestMunmunDutta (sic).”
Here are a few other tweets demanding Munmun Dutta’s arrest:
MUNMUN DUTTA APOLGISES FOR CASTEIST SLUR
After being slammed for her casteist slur, Munmun Dutta trimmed her video and also issued an apology on social media. She wrote, “This is in reference to a video I posted yesterday wherein 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 it meaning I immediately took the part down (sic).”
She further wrote, “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 the same (sic).”\
Have a look at her post:
Munmun Dutta started her career as a model. She made her debut on television with Hum Sab Baraati Hai. The actress rose to fame with Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. She was also a part of films like Mumbai Express and Holiday.