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'TMKOC' Fame Munmun Dutta Interrogated And Later Released On Bail

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah famed Munmun Dutta called for interrogation for making a casteist remark in a YouTube video last year.
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Published -08 Feb 2022, 12:03 ISTUpdated -08 Feb 2022, 22:08 IST
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Munmun Dutta, who plays the character of Babita Ji (Babita Iyer) in the popular show 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' was called for interrogation over using casteist slur in a YouTube video last year. On Monday, February 7, the actor was reportedly interrogated for four hours at a police station in Haryana before being released on bail.

Munmun Dutta Casteist Remark Controversy

Munmun Dutta was arrested for making a casteist remark in a YouTube video last year. She had posted a video on her YouTube channel last year, in 2021 where she said, "I am coming on youtube, and I want to look good, don't want to look like a bhangi." People were offended by her remark on the Dalit community, and the video quickly went viral, with the hashtag #ArrestMunmunDutta trending on social media.

She then apologised to her fans for the controversial statement. She wrote, “This is in reference to a video that 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 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. Sincerely would like to apologize to every single person who have been unintentionally hurt by the usage of the word and I sincerely regret for the same”. She issued the apology on Twitter. 

FIR on Munmun Dutta

According to media sources, Munmun Dutta aka Babita Ji, the actress from 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah,' was interrogated for four hours in a police station in Haryana on Monday, February 7. The actress was arrested after making a casteist statement in a YouTube video last year. An FIR was registered against her in Hissar police station in Haryana.

According to the Dainik Bhasker report, police interrogated Munmun Dutta for 4 hours on Monday and later released her on bail. The actor had to appear before DSP Vinod Shankar, the investigating officer. The Punjab and Haryana High Court issued the orders. On January 28, Munmun Dutta's anticipatory bail plea was dismissed by the special court setup under the SC/ST Act in Hisar.

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Munmun Dutta Video Of Making Casteist Remark

Munmun Dutta made news in May of last year after a makeup tutorial video of her using a casteist slur went viral. The actor was widely criticized for making use of such words. The Mumbai police filed a FIR against her on May 29 after receiving a complaint from a community leader named Naresh Bohit. This was just one of several charges brought against her across India's five states.

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