Arunachal Gorkha body files NHRC complaint against the webseries Paatal Lok

A Gorkha association in Arunachal Pradesh has filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against actor Anuskha Sharma for an alleged “sexist slur” on the Gorkha community in one of the scenes of the web series ‘Paatal Lok’ produced by her.

Arunachal Gorkha body files NHRC complaint against the webseries Paatal Lok
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A Gorkha association in Arunachal Pradesh has filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against actress Anuskha Sharma for an alleged “sexist slur” on the Gorkha(Nepali) community in one of the scenes of the web series ‘Paatal Lok’ produced by her.

The complaint was filed recently by the Namsai unit president of the All Arunachal Pradesh Gorkha Youth Association (AAPGYA), Mr Bikash Bhattarai.

A “sexist slur” used against a woman character in the second episode of the web series is a “direct insult to the Nepali-speaking people,” the association stated in the complaint.
“The sexist slur has hurt the sentiments of the Gorkha community and the Nepali-speaking people across the country,” the AAPGYA said.
It demanded that either the web series be stopped from being aired or the team of ‘Paatal Lok’ apologise to the Gorkhali people.

“The series has hurt the Nepali community and there is already a strong protest against it on social media for presenting an insulting, demeaning and derogatory dialogue,” the group stated in its complaint.

Shyam Ghatani ,The state unit president  of  said, “Not only should the Nepali community, but those in the film industry also condemn such direct insult made to millions of people who speak Nepali as their common language”.
The association has urged the NHRC and the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs to come up with a “strong and concrete” decision on the matter.