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Actress Jacqueline Fernandez Supports #MeToo Movement

The #MeToo movement has gained momentum in India after Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of harassment

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Actress Jacqueline Fernandez has supported #MeToo movement by saying that gender dialogue is long overdue not just in a film industry but in the society as well. She also feels that sexual predators are present everywhere.

Jacqueline was interacting with media after walking the ramp for brand “Jade” on its 10th anniversary along with Kanika Kapoor on Tuesday, here.

Reacting on #MeToo campaign that has gathered momentum in India especially in Bollywood, Jacqueline said, “It’s very important to remember that the gender dialogue is a conversation that’s a long overdue and let’s not limit it to our film industry. It’s a dialogue which has been long overdue in our society as well. Unfortunately, the sad truth is sexual predators are all around us.”

“They are sometimes in our own household so, we should not deviate from the actual issue which is not entirely about sex but it’s about the power struggle. We really have to stick to the issue and be serious about it if we want solutions and if we want to have safe workplace for everyone and for society.”

Reacting on #MeToo movement in India, Kanika Kapoor said, “I am very shocked about it. I feel very sad for anybody whoever has gone through any sort of sexual assault or misbehaviour.

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Sexual predators are all around us: Jacqueline Fernandez. flickr

“I am really happy that India is becoming a safer place with every passing minute and I really support this movement.”

She says that from now on, people will not mess with anybody be it a girl, a boy or a kid.

“I feel the whole confidence of women in our country is growing which is really nice so, kudos to all the girls and boys who are coming up and sharing their stories. This #MeToo movement is absolutely wonderful for our country and for the world. I hope that we all make this country and the world a better place to live,” she said.

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The #MeToo movement has gained momentum in India after Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of harassment.

Following her revelation, accusations are being levelled against some powerful personalities in politics, media and the entertainment industry including Sajid Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Kailash Kher, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, MJ Akbar, Anirban Blah, Ashish Patil, painter Jatin Das, writer Varun Grover, casting director Vicky Sidana, Mukesh Chhabra and among others. (IANS)

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#MeToo: Mumbai Police Close Tanushree’s Case Against Nana Patekar

“In view of this, we shall oppose the B Summary Report and also file a writ petition before Bombay High Court,” Satpute added

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'MeToo Movement' is far bigger than me: Tanushree Dutta.

In a significant development, the Mumbai Police have filed a closure report in the alleged #MeToo sexual harassment case lodged by actress Tanushree Dutta against actor Nana Patekar, a top official said here on Thursday.

“Yes, we have filed a B-Summary Report before the court,” Mumbai Police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Shinge told IANS.

The police move comes after they reportedly did not find enough evidence in the matter, virtually ending the case as they cannot continue further investigations.

Dutta’s lawyer, Nitin Satpute said that they would challenge the police move in the matter.

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#MeToo strikes where virtue means lack Of opportunity. Flickr

“If the police file any B or C classification of Summary Report, that cannot be final. We shall oppose it before the court. After hearing, if the court is satisfied, then it can again direct the police to re-investigate,” Satpute told IANS.

He accused the police of conducting a shoddy probe in the entire matter, not recording the statements of many other witnesses, but relying on the evidence of only “one or two” witnesses in a bid to protect the accused.

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“In view of this, we shall oppose the B Summary Report and also file a writ petition before Bombay High Court,” Satpute added.

Dutta had lodged the complaint against Patekar in September 2018 accusing him of allegedly sexually harassing her over a decade ago, in 2008 during a shoot, but he (Patekar) had stoutly denied the charges levelled by her. (IANS)