Hours after a case was registered against Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, director Rakesh Sarang, producer Sami Siddiqui and choreographer Ganesh Acharya, over sexual harassment allegations made by Tanushree Dutta, Mumbai police is all set to summon all 4 accused to initiate the probe.
An FIR was registered late on Wednesday, and Additional Commissioner of Police Manoj Kumar on Thursday told reporters that case has been registered under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC.
Tanushree Dutta’s lawyer on Wednesday Nitin Satpute submitted a 40-page document on Tanushree’s behalf to the Mumbai police and the Maharashtra State Women’s Commission, in support of her allegations against Mr Patekar and others. The women’s commission has asked Mr Patekar to appear before it or file his response in the next 10 days.
After Tanushree went public with her allegations, the #MrToo social media campaign seems to have gain momentum. Many bigwigs have been called out, including Minister of State for Foreign Affairs MJ Akbar. So far 9 women journalists have accused MJ Akbar of sexual harassment.
In the Bollywood, veteran director Subhash Ghai, Housefull director Sajid Khan are among many who have been called out.
Many of those being accused have rendered apology, however many of them are still choosing to stay mum.
Bollywood’s sanskari babuji has also been accused of sexual harassment. TV writer and director Vinta Nanda alleged in a Facebook post that Alok Nath sexually assaulted her almost 19 years ago.Following this, actor Sandhya Mridul also called him out. Alok Nath’s lawyer now says that the actor is planning to file a defamation case against Vinta Nanda and Sandhya Mridul.