A day after Bollywood actor Nana Patekar stepped down from the upcoming Bollywood film 'Housefull 4' after been accused of sexual harassment by former actress Tanushree Dutta, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has said Nana Patekar is "indecent". However, he added that the movement is fuelled in a bid to divert attention from the petrol price hike.
Speaking at an event in Amravati, the MNS chief said, "I know Nana Patekar; he is indecent. He does crazy things but I don't think he can do such a thing. Court will look into it. What is the media to do with it? #MeToo is a serious matter, the debate over it on Twitter isn't right."
He further said that if any woman faces something unwarranted, she can approach the MNS for help. Raj Thackeray also said that women should raise their voice as and when they face oppression, and not after 10 years.
"If anything like #MeToo happens, women can come to MNS. We will teach a lesson to accused. Women must raise the voice when they face oppression, not after 10 years," the MNS Chief said.
According to Raj Thackeray, the movement might have been fuelled in a bid to divert attention from skyrocketing petrol prices, dip in rupee value against dollar and unemployment in the country.
"It seems it is being done to divert attention from petrol price, rupee value, and unemployment", he said.
With Tanushree Dutta opening up about her traumatic experience, many women too gathered the courage to speak up against their sexual perpetrators. This gave rise to the #MeToo movement in India, which exposed several prominent names in the industry. Among them is Sajid Khan, who has been accused of sexual harassment by three women.
The director, however, denied all claims and even stepped down as the director of 'Housefull 4' and said that he will clear his name in the court. Nana Patekar, too, backed out of the film after Khan. Sajid Khan has been replaced by 'Housefull 3' director Farhad Samji.