Police close Tanushree Dutta's sexual harassment case against Nana Patekar

Angelo Anderson
June 13, 2019

Dutta had in September 2018 accused Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of the 2008 film, Horn "OK" Pleassss.

Tanushree Dutta has often been vocal and positive about her #MeToo charge on Nana Patekar.

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

Tanushree's lawyer, Nitin Satpute said in a statement that he has "not received any official information from Oshiwara police station about classification of offence (Summary Report) from police on behalf of Tanushree Dutta". Earlier, in May, reports of Nana Patekar getting a clean chit in the case were doing the rounds as the police could not furnish evidence against him.

He also accused the police of being negligent and protecting the accused, Nana Patekar. "After hearing, if the court is satisfied, then it can again direct the police to re-investigate", Satpute told IANS.

After a month after the allegation, Dutta filed a harassment case with the Mumbai police against Patekar.

Times Now reported meanwhile that Tanushree was going to continue her fight for justice, and could challenge the closure of the case in court. However, Patekar refuted all allegations. According to her, choreographer Ganesh Acharya had also stepped aside "obediently" when Nana tried to do this.

The allegations by Tanushree Dutta, 35, are widely seen to be the start of a #MeToo campaign in India, a year after a similar moment gathered pace in the U.S. after several women went public against movie moghul Harvey Weinstein. Our witnesses have been silenced by intimidation and fake witnesses have been put forth to weaken the case.

Tanushree Dutta had come out against Nana Patekar with sexual harassment charges in October previous year, thus fuelling the #MeToo movement in Bollywood.

Based on her complaint, a case was registered against Patekar and three others for allegedly molesting Dutta on the sets of the movie. Many witnesses' statements are not yet recorded.

She had accused Nana Patekar's PR team of spreading false news and clarified that the investigation was still underway.

She further added, "But the proof is often in the pudding and a gentle reminder to the Indian public to watch the video of my vehicle being mercilessly attacked and broken while me and my family tried to escape from these monsters on Horn Ok Pleassss set 10 years ago".

The accused were booked under IPC 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), but no arrest was made so far.

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