Monday, 10 December, 2018

#MeToo India: FIR filed against Nana Patekar, three others

HeForShe movement was based on the hope that both men and women should work for gender equality HeForShe movement was based on the hope that both men and women should work for gender equality
Charles Bowen | 12 October, 2018, 02:35

When Dutta refused to perform the new "intimate steps" with Patekar and retreated to her vanity van, she claimed that Siddiqui threatened to "defame me in the film industry and boycott me".

Taking note of a harassment complaint by Tanushree Dutta, Maharashtra State Commission for Women on Tuesday issued notices to actor Nana Patekar, producer Samee Siddiqui, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and director Rakesh Sarang.

Offences have been registered against them under IPC section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act meant to insult the modesty of a woman), the official said, adding that no arrest has been made so far.

As of now, no arrest has been made, he said.

The report also said that on the evening of 10 October, Dutta had approached the police station to give a statement for the second time after which the police registered the formal complaint. According to Dutta's advocate, Nitin Satpute said that a similar complaint had been filed by the actor back in 2008 as well.

Tanushree says the film shoot began on March 23 and Nana Patekar stayed on the sets during a song shooting even though his part was long over.

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However, on the fourth day of the shoot, Patekar's behaviour was inappropriate as he was grabbing her by the arms and pushing her around on the pretext of teaching her some steps, the complaint said. Dutta also added in her complaint that she could not understand the contents of the FIR, as it was written in Marathi. We were then taken to the police station and my statement was recorded but not as per the complaint.

The commission also asked film producers, media houses and cine artist associations to set up an internal committee to address complaints filed by women in Bollywood.

"The complainant has stated that more than 100 people were present on the set at the time when the offence took place".

In 2008, Tanushree's father Tapan Kumar Dutta had filed an FIR when she allegedly underwent the ordeal and her vehicle was attacked while exiting the sets of "Horn Ok Pleasss".

"Before summoning the accused, we will record the statements of other witnesses in the case on the incident in question", a police officer said.

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