Tanushree Dutta asks PM Modi an important question as Nana Patekar gets clean chit in sexual harassment case

Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 17, 2019, 06.45 AM (IST)

Tanushree Dutta has been quite vocal about the alleged trauma she faced when she was an active part of the Bollywood industry as she set out to become an actress. Bringing #MeToo to India as she called out Nana Patekar’s name for sexually harassing her, Tanushree has now given a new statement in the wake of actor getting a clean chit from the Mumbai police because of lack of evidence. 

Her statement read: “The Mumbai Police lied in its report to the court that my complaint with CINTAA did not have sexual harassment in it. They were given the copy of my handwritten 2008 complaint to CINTAA that clearly mentioned sexual harassment corroborating my 2018 FIR. In 2008 they had refused to even take my FIR and twisted and manipulated the complaint to protect the accused. Also, everyone remembers that CINTAA had issued a written apology for not addressing that complaint. This apology by CINTAA was widely published in media and we even gave the cops a copy of that apology to prove that. This is corruption at its grossest level. How can they twist evidence like that and completely turn it against me and in favour of accused??

The video of my car being attacked with my family on the same movie set also was submitted as evidence. And they had Janice Sequeira and Shyni Shetty giving witness testimony in my favour. What more proof does one need to prove harassment??”

She then accused the court magistrate and the authorities for siding with the perpetrator as she reiterated how this incident took away her job and livelihood and how she had to start all over again in a new country. She said, “In India clearly justice, law and order is for sale and criminals can buy themselves clean chit by spending crores on bribing law and judiciary whereas women who get harassed, abused and attacked and mob lynched in public get to be called false and malicious if they speak up and put forward a complaint. How much money did everyone make for this report that squashed my case?? Getting a clean chit with police or court in India doesn't mean you are innocent .Yeh Public hai, sab janti hai!”

Tanushree also raised an important question with the Indian PM Narendra Modi as she asked what happened to his promise of a corruption-free India. She said, “A daughter of the country gets harassed by a serial offender, attacked by a mob in public, denied justice over and over again and her name is maligned, she is threatened, pressurised, her career is destroyed and literally driven out of the country to live a life of anonymity and your police force say her complaint is false and malicious!!! Yehi hai apka Raam Rajya?? Being born in a devout hindu family maine toh suna tha ki Raam naam satya hai toh phir kyun is desh mein asatya aur adharm ki bar bar Vijay hoti rahi hai?? Jawab dijiye mujhe. (Why do lies and falsehood always win in our country, please answer me)”

Meanwhile, after the clean chit issued to Nana, the actress is likely to file a petition at the Bombay High Court in the coming days. Read here how she responded to the clean chit.