Tanushree Dutta And Nana Patekar Sexual Harassment Case Take A Twist Turn

Mina Muzumdar |May 16, 2019

Almost one year since Tanushree Dutta set the Metoo movement into motion in India, her sexual allegations against veteran actor Nana Patekar finally has a twisted turn.

Since 2018, Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar have brought legal charges against each other, however, the investigation hadn't made much headway until recently. Earlier, despite Oshiwara police's effort to approach eye-witnesses, they reportedly couldn't manage to find anyone who willing to give testimony to the case.

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Tanushree Dutta determined to pursue the lawsuit against actor Nana Patekar to regain justice.

Last year, Tanushree Dutta recalled the harassment she faced 10 years ago at the hand of Nana Patekar on the set of Horn Ok Pleasss. The former beauty said that when she refused to shoot an intimate dance with the veteran actor, he called a gang of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena to threaten her. Tanushree then got stuck in her personal vehicle while a video went viral showed her car was vandalized.

According to police report, none of the people who presented on the set can testify the accident reported by Tanushree. Ganesh Acharya's choreographer assistant Daisy Shah was also called for the investigation but she also can't confirm what happened.

"Several statements in the matter have been recorded, but most of them don't support her allegations. The reason behind this is people cannot recall the incident. Some only remember about the delay during the shoot, but not about any harassment faced by the actor," an officer said.

"As the matter is 10 years old, it's taking a lot of time to track down the people who were present at the time of the incident. The witnesses' statements are very important to take the investigation forward," he further explained.

Talking about the investigation's result, Tanushree claims that these people who summoned by police are Nana Patekar's friend.

"The cops have been so slow with the probe. Most of the people from whom they are taking statements are the ones who watched me getting harassed and did nothing to support me. So why will they now speak in my support? The mentality of people is such that they will lie to protect such criminals and prove the woman wrong," Tanushree said.

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Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar. Source: dnaindia.com

Nevertheless, after Tanushree Dutta set into motion the Metoo movement, stories of abuse and harassment started to pour out and men began to experience consequences for their inappropriate behavior to women. In a thriving industry like Bollywood which is picking up speed in India, the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior is expected to cease.

Tanushree concluded by saying: "But I still have faith that all the accused will be punished because I am fighting this battle not for myself but for those who suffer silently every day."

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