Taking inspiration from Hollywood, the Bollywood #MeToo movement has surely gained momentum in the past few days with several women from the industry who came out to talk about their experiences. Several known personalities including that of Nana Patekar, Vivek Agnihotri, Chetan Bhagat, and Alok Nath among others, were accused of misconduct. Several Bollywood celebrities including Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Twinkle Khanna, Simi Garewal, Lisa Ray, and Parineeti Chopra among others extended their support to the actresses who are raising their voice against the misconduct incidents experienced by them.
Cine And TV Artistes' Association (CINTAA) on Tuesday, October 9, released a statement on the same, stating that the institution is deeply disturbed by the rising number of complaints they have received. But since it is a sensitive issue, they said they have to be careful so that they don't victimise innocent members.
Sushant Singh, the General Secretary of CINTAA, in a statement, said, "This is a very sensitive matter, and we are all deeply disturbed, but we have to be careful not to set any precedent which might be misused in future to victimise innocent members. We have been and are actively looking at all the measures to make the working environment healthy and safe for all our members."
Former actress Tanushree Dutta who was the first person to open up about her experience, accused veteran actor Nata Patekar of misconduct. In her statement, she further revealed that following the incident she went to CINTAA, but her complaint was unheard. After the incident came into attention on Tuesday, CINTAA apologised for failing to take necessary action during that time and said they won't be able to take up the case any longer as their constitution prohibits to take up cases which are more than 3 years old. However, on Monday, October 8, CINTAA reissued a statement on the Tanushree Dutta case saying that they ready to readdress her sexual harassment allegation against Nana Patekar “by conducting a fair and expeditious” inquiry.
Meanwhile, in one of the recent revelations, producer Vinta Nanda accused actor Alok Nath with rape allegations. Following her confession, CINTAA on Tuesday, October 9, reportedly sent a show cause notice to the actor.
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