Amitabh Bachchan opens up about the #MeToo movement in India

Joann Johnston
October 12, 2018

Following the actor's complaint the case was registered at Oshiwara Police Station against Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddhiqui and director of the movie, Rakesh Sarang, he said. The four persons have been booked under section 354 (molestation) and 509 (Word, gesture or act meant to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code late on Wednesday night.

"I felt very uncomfortable because of his behavior mentioned above and he has outraged my modesty I felt embarrassed like this his behavior was inappropriate towards me".

Speaking about the details of the statement, Tanushree Dutta's lawyer Nitin Satpute said, "The statement of Tanushree Dutta has been recorded in English so that she can understand the language".

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". She called her parents and wanted to go home. As she left, she claimed that, Siddiqui had already called the media and workers of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena who chanted slogans and banged on her auto, allegedly preventing her from leaving the premises.

Satpute said Tanushree has been provided police security at the residential building where her home is.

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Unable to concentrate, Dutta said, she contacted her parents and when they arrived, she left the studio in her vehicle. Many parts of my complaint were deleted, omitted and avoided, she alleged.

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 Bengali beauty has stayed out of the silver screen for a long time now but appeared on the headlines all of a sudden when she revealed the dark side of Nana Patekar in a recent interview. Advocate Flavia Agnes, who founded Majlis Manch, a legal centre for women's rights said, "The previous law dealing with sexual harassment was limited in its definition".

After recording the statement, the police registered the offence late midnight, he said.

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