Big B makes amends on sexual harassment issue

Tabitha Dunn
October 12, 2018

The First Investigation Report was registered in Oshiwara on Wednesday, where Nana Patekar along with choreographer Ganesh Acharya, director Rakesh Sarang and producer Samee Siddiqui, have been booked under sections 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) under the Indian Penal Code.

After sexual harassment allegations by actress Tanushree Dutta, a First Information Report (FIR) has been filed against veteran Bollywood actor Nana Patekar at the Oshiwara Police Station, Mumbai. 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. "Thereafter, the police recorded a statement of her father and lodged an FIR for rioting and causing damage to her vehicle", her lawyer Nitin Satpute told News18 in Mumbai. Dutta's legal representative Advocate Nitin Satpute said, "The accused have been booked and police will now take action against them".

The Maharashtra State Commission for Women had Tuesday issued notices to Patekar, Siddiqui, Acharya and Sarang.

"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". She said she was forced into silence a decade ago.

Dutta had sought the Commission's intervention after claiming that Patekar allegedly misbehaved with her on the sets of a film in 2008.

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She then called her parents and manager, who questioned Patekar's actions. Having said that, Raveena also added that she is someone who is hard to mess with and further also mentioned that she would scare people off easily. Therefore, she left the police station without recording a statement.

The Oshiwara police are likely to record Ms. Dutta's statement on Wednesday, sources said.

"The complainant has stated that more than 100 people were present on the set at the time when the offence took place". However, Nana Patekar and Vivek Agnihotri, who has also been accused of harassment by her, have filed defamation cases against Dutta.

She also lodged a complaint with the Cine & TV Artists Association (CINTAA) in March 2008.

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