The #MeToo movement had been stormed out in the social media like the raging fire where everyone was found sharing some kind of sexual harassment that they had to face in their life. The movement started with Tanushree Dutta’s post about facing sexual harassment from actor Nana Patekar. Former actress Tanushree Dutta returned to India only to reopen Nana Patekar’s case of sexual harassment. The incident was reported to have been happened on the sets in 2008. Though Nan Patekar had denied of the allegation and even made a statement on sending Tanushree sending a legal notice where she will have to apologise for speaking untruth. But finally her quest for justice came in light when the actor Nana Patekar was kichek out from Housefull 4. Tanushree wishes that just like Nana Patekar, Rakesh Sarang, Samee Siddiqui and Ganesh Acharya also face the similar situations as they were also involved in the harassment.
After seven months long, the investigation of Tanushree Dutta’s sexual harassment on Nana Patekar had reached dead end. It has been months since the FIR had been lodged against him but the Oshiwara police could not get any single statement that can prove Tanushree’s allegation against Nana Patekar.
The police confirm that they have recorded statements of 12 to 15 witnesses which includes actress Daisy Shah. Daisy Shah used to be choreographer Ganesh Acharya’s assistant. All the backup dancers and the people who were present during the song’s shoot are the witnesses. Daisy’s statement was recorded in November last year where she told cops that she could not recall the incident.
According to the police officer, the case is taking too much time to track down every people since it is a 10 year old case. The witnesses can hardly remember of what had happened. The police says “Several statements in the matter have been recorded, but most of them don’t support her allegations. The reason behind this is people cannot recall the incident. Some only remember about the delay during the shoot, but not about any harassment faced by the actor.” The senior police officer further says that the investigation is at a very crucial stage and thus he cannot comment further over it. Tanushree’s reacted on the investigation by saying, “Who are these 15 witnesses? Are they from my side or Nana’s side? They are Nana’s friends, then why will they corroborate my story. I don’t need witnesses to prove that I was harassed. The truth is sometimes difficult to prove in a court of law when it comes to harassment.
The cops have been so slow with the probe. Most of the people from whom they are taking statements are the ones who watched me getting harassed and did nothing to support me. So why will they now speak in my support. The mentality of people is such that they will lie to protect such criminals and prove the woman wrong.” She even talked on how the witnesses were influenced by saying “Some of the witnesses who wish to give statements in support of my story are receiving threat calls from Nana’s people. We have faced a lot of difficulty in convincing witnesses to give their statements, as they are scared. So the people who know the truth are being hounded and replaced by fake witnesses who are speaking lies. But I still have faith that all the accused will be punished, because I am fighting this battle not for myself but for those who suffer silently everyday.”