Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Commission for Women on Tuesday issued a notice to actor Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Sameer Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang, who have been facing sexual harrassment charges levelled by actor Tanushree Dutta. Further, the commission has also asked the bunch to submit their responses within 10 days.
According to an Indian Express report, the commission has also given a notice to the Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) enquiring about the mechanism to redress sexual harassment complaints.
“As per the Act, production houses and TV artist association must have a redressal mechanism to ensure sexual harassment at sets does not happen. Recently we have seen a rise in such complaints,” Vijaya Rahatkar, chairperson of women commission told the newspaper. The commission also said that they are personally trying to reach out to the survivors via telephone, the newspaper reported.
With #MeToo Campaign gaining momentum in the country and more cases of sexual assault coming to light, All India Bakchod (AIB) in its latest move asked its co-founder Tanmay Bhat to step down over the sexual allegations that were levelled against comedian Utsav Chakraborty. Bhat is facing allegations of not taking any action against Utsav Chakraborty- YouTuber and ex-AIB member, who has been accused of sexual assault.
In another horrifying case, veteran writer-producer accused leading TV actor of 90’s Tara, Alok Nath for raping her at her home. Also known as Bollywood’s ‘sanskari’ actor, Alok Nath even got her sacked when she complained. The producer also alleged that he had all her shows at the channel shut down, leading to the closure of her production company.