Several Bollywood artists have come forward in support of actress Tanushree Dutta after she accused actor Nana Patekar of misconduct on the sets of 'Horn OK Please'' in 2008. The allegations made by the actress back in 2008, however, had gone unheard. The Cine and TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) have now released an official statement regarding the matter and claimed that the association back then did not take the right decsion and regrets the same.
CINTAA stated that it "strongly condemns any act that outrages the modesty of any individual and any form of sexual harassment is unacceptable to them". The statement undersigned by General secretary and spokesperson of the association, Sushant Singh, stated that the decision taken previously was not appropriate and did not address the sexual harassment grievance. The statement read, "After going through Ms Tanushree Dutta's complaint, which was filed with the then Executive Committee of CINTAA in March 2008, we feel that the decision taken in the Joint Dispute Settlement Committee of CINTAA and IFTPC (then known as AMPTPP) in July 2008 was not appropriate, as the chief grievance of sexual harassment wasn't even addressed . Although it was a different Executive Committee at that time, yet as CINTAA we find it highly regrettable and no apologies can suffice and hence we must resolve today to never allow such lapses to occur again."
The statement further said that as per CINTAA's constitution, it is not supposed to take up any case that is more than three years old. "Sexual harassment is a serious criminal offence, unfortunately, CINTAA's Constitution bars us from taking up any case which is more than three years old. Hence we appeal to the authorities to take cognisance of Ms Dutta's statements and conduct an impartial and speedy enquiry so that truth and justice may prevail," it read.
The board also appealed that other members should also report any such incident to them immediately.
Meanwhile. Nana Patekar, who is shooting for his forthcoming film, will arrive in Mumbai in a few days and is reportedly holding a press conference on October 8. Speaking to Tanushree Dutta , Republic TV earlier revealed that she has her legal team in place and will not let the case end.
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