The Mumbai police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against veteran actor Alok Nath, today.
Manoj Kumar, a senior police official, said, “The Oshiwara police has registered an FIR against Alok Nath for rape on the complaint filed by Vinta Nanda.”
The 19 years’ old case came to light after Ms. Nanda shared her story of being raped, during the #MeToo movement. She took to Facebook and shared a detailed note highlighting her horrific struggle and alleging Alok Nath of raping her.
In her Facebook post, Ms. Nanda said, “I can remember more liquor being poured into my mouth and I remember being violated endlessly. When I woke up the next afternoon, I was in pain. I hadn’t just been raped, I was taken to my own house and been brutalised.”
A complaint was filed against Alok Nath at the Oshiwara Police Station. After a thorough investigation, the Mumbai police made a charge sheet and booked Alok Nath under Section 376 (Rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC.)
Alok Nath denied all the allegations and his wife, Ashu Singh, filed a defamation case against Ms. Nanda in the Bombay City Civil and Sessions Court, seeking an apology letter and a compensation. However, the Bombay City Civil and Sessions Court ruled out the case stating, neither Alok Nath nor Vinta Nanda can claim defamation over a Facebook post.
After Vinita Nanda’s Facebook post, many other women spoke out against the harassment faced by them. Actresses Sandhya Mridul and Deepika Amin were some of the other women who accused Alok Nath of sexually harassing them.
The Cine and TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) expelled Alok Nath after reviewing the multiple charges of sexual harassment against him.
Ashok Pandit, a member of the CINTAA, said, “When the victim is complaining to us, we as the member of the federation will have to take a stand and we will do that.”
The #MeToo movement started in India after actress Tanushree Dutta filed a case against veteran actor Nana Patekar. The movement created a platform for women who didn’t raise their voice earlier against the sexual harassment faced by them.
Social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook played a key role in the propagation of the #MeToo movement. The victims spoke about the sexual abuse they went through, on these social media platforms.
Some other celebrities, politicians and journalists alleged under the #MeToo movement were Chetan Bhagat, Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl, Utsav Chakraborty and M.J. Akbar.