Tanushree gave me courage to speak about assault: Vinta Nanda

Irene MckinneyOct 10, 2018

"Tara" star Navneen Nishan has lent support to Vinta Nanda for calling out Alok Nath on alleged sexual harassment and rape confirming she also faced the distress for four years.

According to Nanda, Nath followed her in his auto and offered to drop her home. It (rape) must have happened, but the culprit must be somebody else. She added that she also suffered because of this man's "power trip" but made it stop by slapping him eventually. I have faint memory after that. "If these girls hadn't come out in public, I wouldn't have gathered the guts to come out and speak up about it today".

It was so brutal that the next morning she woke up, it was paining badly. "I hadn't just been raped, I was taken to my own house and had been brutalised", she painfully recollects. Shobha Sant Calls Alok Nath a "Monster"!

Alok has said the allegation was "absurd" as he "made her what she is".

Today, the man himself reacted to the allegations and said "Neither I am denying this nor do I would agree with it". The "Tara" director also said that she would have probably "given the same advice to someone in her situation had that person reached out as the atmosphere at that time was not conducive to have such a conversation". I fought my battles there and then.

Nanada went on to write that her drink was mixed with sedative during the party and she began to feel 'strange.' "As the evening flowed, my drinks were mixed and I began to feel odd". The movies and films throughout years have portrayed non-consensual advances, harassment and stalking as love, and women and men through generations have internalised it. Even though she didn't take his name directly, it has been reported that she confirmed the name to IANS through a message stating that she thought, "sanskaari would do the needful".

This new wave of #MeToo in India while scratching the old wounds that had never stopped bleeding inside due to deliberate silence and fear of being abandoned by society, has now been paving the way to expose the male-dominance in a patriarchal society of the thousands years old civilization. "We don't want to rush into it because if we make a legal mistake, it can backfire and set Alok Nath free of consequences".

India's '#MeToo' storm continues to intensify, with more women recounting their experiences of facing sexual harassment. Bollywood figures, stand-up comedians and other top journalists have all found themselves accused of abusing their positions to behave improperly towards women.

Tanushree's #metoo allegation against senior Bollywood actor Nana Pataker has sure ruffled feathers. However, that soon followed producers asking Nanda to change the female lead as well.

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