Television and film actor Yuvika Chaudhary has ended up in the water after using a casteistic slur in a vlog (video blog).
Here’s everything we know about the case so far.
Who is Yuvika Chaudhary?
Born on August 2, 1983, Yuvika Chaudhary first came to the limelight in 2004 with a talent show for aspiring actors, Zee Cine Stars Ki Khoj. She made her acting debut with Astitva…Ek Prem Kahani. The actor also appeared in the music video of Himesh Reshammiya’s “Wada Tainu”.
Yuvika made her Bollywood debut in Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone star Om Shanti Om. Since then, she has appeared in Bollywood films like Summer 2007, Toh Baat Pakki, Veerey Ki Wedding The Shaukeens, Afra Tafri and Yaarana.
She also participated in Bigg Boss 9.
What is the controversy about?
In a video that has since gone viral, Yuvika can be heard using the word derogatory to a section of society. After the outcry, she apologized by sharing a statement and later a video on her social media profiles.
She has claimed ignorance of the meaning and etymology of the word in her apologies.
“Hi guys, I didn’t know the meaning of that word, which I used in my last vlog. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone and I can never do that to hurt anyone. sic),” she said in a statement.
Later, in a video, the actor said: “I apologize to all of you with folded hands. I used the word unconsciously and I didn’t know the meaning. Please forgive a mistake that happened unconsciously.”
What is the latest development?
Yuvika Chaudhary has been detained by Haryana Police following a complaint from a Dalit rights activist.
Police registered an FIR against Yuvika on Friday night under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Atrocity Prevention) Act.
(With inputs from PTI)