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.
“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.
“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)
Demanding a lie detector test, and a narco-analysis test of those named in the FIR, Tanushreea¿s lawyer Nitin Satpute asked for the case to be transferred to the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, and a financial compensation for the actress
Actress Tanushree Dutta has compared Nana Patekar to self-proclaimed saint Asaram Bapu, who was found guilty of raping a minor girl in year 2018. She also slammed celebrities of Bollywood for continuing to work with choreographer Ganesh Acharya, who is also an accused in her case.
Tanushree was interacting with the media along with her lawyer Nitin Satpute in Mumbai.
She filed a protest petition against the B-summary report filed by the Mumbai Police in connection with her complaint against actor Nana Patekar.
The Oshiwara police, however, had filed a B-Summary report seeking closure of the case on grounds that no evidence to support her claims had come to light in their investigation.
In October 2018, Tanushree had filed a complaint following which the Oshiwara police registered an FIR against Nana Patekar, accusing him of sexually harassing her on the sets of the movie “Horn Ok Pleassss”.
The complaint also named director Rakesh Sarang, producer Samee Siddiqui and choreographer Ganesh Acharya of the film, as co-accused in the case.
Tanushree said: aceIf you have money, you will get justice and respect but if you dona¿t have money then you will not get that. He has money and he got that money from Naam Foundation. It collects crores of rupees from corporate sectors for the upliftment of poor farmers. He has created his image as a poor man who lives in a small house. It’s a big lie and he is doing all this for show.”
Tanushree added: “It is very easy to fool people. You just have to wear a white Gandhi topi and white kurta. Asaram Bapu also wore white kurta. He used to fold his hands in front of a temple and then he became a saint. Who is checking whether he (Nana Patekar) is actually giving that money to farmers?”
Tanushree continued with her allegations against Nana: “A few months ago, I heard that he is building 500 homes for flood victims. Who is checking? Tomorrow, I will say I am queen of Timbuktu, I have made big house on moon and I have built 500 homes for aliens, would you believe me? He has collected funds to build 500 homes for sure, but we don’t inspect people who are running NGOs.”
Tanushree and her lawyers said that they have filed a protest petition with the Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Andheri, and that the first hearing was scheduled for January 17.
Demanding a lie detector test, and a narco-analysis test of those named in the FIR, Tanushreea¿s lawyer Nitin Satpute asked for the case to be transferred to the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, and a financial compensation for the actress. (IANS)
The MeToo movement that took the world by storm has led to a 14 per cent rise in reporting of sexual crimes during its first three months across the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.
The MeToo movement started on October 15, 2017 after sexual misconduct allegations against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein became public following a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano who encouraged people who had been sexually harassed or assaulted to write “Me too” on social media.
The MeToo movement was exceptionally effective in rapidly increasing awareness around sexual misconduct in many countries including India.
However, despite the increase in crimes reported, the movement did not increase the number of sexual crimes cleared by the police, said the study published on SSRN, formerly known as the Social Science Research Network.
For the study, Roee Levy and Martin Mattsson from Yale University in the US constructed a new data set of sexual and non-sexual crimes in 24 OECD countries, covering 81 per cent of the OECD population.
“Our results suggest that social movements can rapidly change high stakes personal decisions,” the study said.
The researchers estimated that in the first three months of the movement, 11,598 additional sexual crimes were reported in the 13 OECD countries with “strong” MeToo movements.
“This study showed that the MeToo movement had a substantial, persistent effect on the propensity to report sexual crimes. This result is consistent across multiple samples and is robust across multiple estimation techniques,” the study concluded.
The MeToo movement focused on female victims, and often on cases that occurred several months or years before they were discussed in the media.
The researchers said that focusing on the US allowed them to understand better who was affected by the movement.
“The effect is strong and statistically significant for both sexual harassment and sexual assault,” said the study.
“Furthermore, we do not find evidence that the movement disproportionately affected neighbourhoods with higher incomes or more education. Overall, we can reject the argument that the MeToo movement had an effect mostly among whites or those with high socioeconomic status,” it added.
The findings suggest that social movements can have large, long-lasting effects on social norms and, as a result, individuals make meaningful changes in their personal decisions. The action individuals take is costly and the effect occurs almost immediately. This suggests that awareness-raising campaigns can be effective in changing personal behaviour. (IANS)
Actress Kalki Koechlin says she has witnessed several changes in the film indusrty after the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment at workplace gained traction in India.
“I think there’s more awareness. I have received code of conduct drafts before doing a play. I have learnt about actors agreeing on touch before intimate scenes,” Kalki told IANS over e-mail. According to the “Dev D” actress, “provision for safety” has increased.
She said: “There have been difficult conversations with men about the subject that are ongoing, I think the provision for safety has increased, as women we are demanding certain standards and productions are responding to that.”
The #MeToo Movement got sparked in India last October when former actress Tanushree Dutta recounted an accusation she made against actor Nana Patekar for alleged sexual harassment on the sets of their 2008 film “Horn OK Pleasssss”.
Her case led the #MeToo wave in India as it opened the floodgates for numerous other women from every walk of life to come forward with their stories.
On the work front, Kalki has recently featured in the web series “Made in Heaven” and is currently prepping up for her Tamil project called “Emma and Angel”.
Apart from films, she is also associated with luxury brand Hidesign for her bag line. Kalki has now come up with her bag’s latest collection.
“Each collection comes with some experience from the last and figuring where to improve and what to create next. It’s a daring collection. It’s got adventure and power in caps written all over it.”Kalki feels designing has led to enhancement in her creativity.
“You get to think about what women want (as mostly my collection is for women though I’m all for gender fluidity and hope men wear the bags too!) You start understanding your following and the market better,” she added. (IANS)