Thursday, 22 August, 2019

#MeToo: Mumbai police close Tanushree's case against Nana Patekar

No proof to prosecute Nana Patekar in sexual harassment case: Police Tanushree Dutta reacts to Nana Patekar’s sexual harassment case closure
Julia Gonzales | 13 June, 2019, 21:01

Our witnesses have been silenced by intimidation and fake witnesses have been put forth to weaken the case.

The allegations by Tanushree Dutta, 35, are widely seen to be the start of a #MeToo campaign in India, a year after a similar moment gathered pace in the U.S. after several women went public against movie moghul Harvey Weinstein.

In September previous year, Dutta had alleged that Patekar misbehaved with her on the sets of "Horn Ok Please" in 2008 while shooting for a special dance number for the movie, and went on to file an FIR against the "Welcome" star.

While Patekar supporters took to social media to hail what they described as a "clean chit", lawyers say there is a big difference between the police deciding to close a case against an accused person citing lack of evidence and a judge reaching the same conclusion after a court process.

Tanushree Dutta had come out against Nana Patekar with sexual harassment charges in October a year ago, thus fuelling the #MeToo movement in Bollywood.

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She urged everyone to boycott Patekar movies, warning that it will be their bad karma if they continued to watch or support his films.

"All allegations against my client Nana Patekar were false since the inception. We have witnesses but their statements haven't been recorded", he said. "... That is my hope finally, for a life without hope is like a candle without fire". I still believe that I will get justice and victory will be mine! I'm exhausted of fighting alone against oppressors, bullies and a corrupt system.

She had accused Nana Patekar's PR team of spreading false news and clarified that the investigation was still underway. "How. only time will tell", she concluded.

"I have not received any official information from Oshiwara police station about classification of offence (summary report) from the police on behalf of Tanushree Dutta. We can oppose it and after hearing us, the court, if satisfied, can direct the police to re-investigate or conduct further probe", he said.

She also alleged that during the shooting of the song sequence, Mr. Patekar inappropriately touched her even after she clearly mentioned that she would not perform lewd, vulgar or uncomfortable steps. In an interview to ZoomTV, the actor, who debuted in Bollywood with Aashiq Banaya Aapne also named the film's producer Samee Siddiqui, director Rakesh Sarang and choreographer Ganesh Acharya, saying they knew about the harassment.

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