Anushka Sharma receives legal notice by Gorkha Youth Association for 'racial and sexist' Paatal Lok dialogue

FP Staff

A compliant has been filed against Anushka Sharma's production Paatal Lok with the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) for an alleged racial and sexist slur.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Gorkha Youth Association filed its complaint online with the NHRC on 18 May over alleged "sexist slur" made against the community in the web series.

According to NDTV, the Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh (BhaGoYuP), the youth wing of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, had also started an online campaign seeking that a particular scene is muted and the corresponding sub-title is uploaded again with a disclaimer.

In the scene, the alleged Nepali slur has been used against a woman character whose name suggests she belongs to the Khasi community of Meghalaya, said the online petition started by Namrata Sharma, who is the social welfare secretary of the BhaGoYuP, writes The Week.

"Such stereotyping not only maligns the community as a whole but normalizes such racism as a standard practice for the people. It sets a distorted image among people regarding a certain community, the brunt of which, the people living there have to face," NDTV quotes Nanda Kirati Dewan, president of the Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh said.

Earlier this week, Viren Sri Gurung, a member of the Lawyers Guild sent a legal notice to Sharma for the remarks. Gurung had said in his legal notice that the word is insulting towards the Nepali community. "There is a clip wherein during an interrogation a lady police officer uses a casteist slur on a Nepali character. There wouldn't have been any problem had only 'Nepali' been used. But the word that follows it is unacceptable. Since Anushka Sharma is one of the producers of the show, we have served her a notice", Gurung said.

He added that he is yet to receive a response from her, and that he will take the matter up with Amazon next.

Headlined by Jaideep Ahlawat, the series is produced by Anushka's Clean Slate Films and also stars Abhishek Bannerjee, Gul Panag and Swastika Mukherjee.

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(With inputs from Press Trust of India)

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