Scandal in Bollywood is always eye catching but not when heinous crimes like any form of harassment come along with it. Currently in the eye of the storm is actor, Tanushree Dutta, who broke her silence after over ten years against harassment she endured from Nana Patekar. This topic has been all over the news and while most Bollywood biggies are remaining mum, most young Indians are genuinely questioning if the world is a safe place to speak up.
To get you up to date, the actress made the following claims where she was allegedly made to forcefully strip her clothes and was misbehaved with by Nana Patekar.
The welcome star has had no retaliation whatsoever. As someone who is done a lot for the community and the state of Maharashtra, it is speculated that if matters worsen, the government might side with Nana Patekar. But that’s too far fetched a thought.
Instead of utmost support, unfortunately most people are questioning the actress on her silence. She finally gave a reason for letting so much time go by she decided to break her silence and go public with her story.
The price, of course, of raising a controversy is very very high. “I have been slapped with two legal notices. One from Nana Patekar and another from Vivek Agnihotri. Both their teams are on a smear campaign against me by constructing outright lies and misinformation on social media platforms and other public platforms,” Tanushree Dutta said in a statement, ANI reports.“This is the price you pay for speaking out against harassment,” she said
Like Mr Patekar, Vivek Agnihotri’s lawyer Nidhish Mehrotra said that they have sued the actress on the charge of defamation, reports PTI: “The allegations levelled against my client Vivek Agnihotri by Tanushree Dutta for misbehaviour and/or harassment are absolutely false, frivolous and vexatious. These allegations are deliberate and have been borne with an intent to attract publicity and wreak personal vendetta against my client with mala-fide intentions. On the instruction of my client, we have served a legal notice to initiate defamation action against her.”
We don’t know what is true and what is false but we surely know that we, as Indians, must speak up when we see a wrong doing. It takes courage and strength. India is heading towards a #MeToo campaign and we hope that all women and men come together to champion this cause.
By Abhishek Aggarwal