Tanushree Dutta has got some support from Bollywood in the sexual harassment allegations issue against actor Nana Patekar. Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker, Ayushmann Khurrana, Richa Chadha, Renuka Shahane and Farhan Akhtar among others have come out to speak in the matter and to openly say that they believe Tanushree. The latest name to be joining the bandwagon of her supporters is actress Freida Pinto. The Slumdog Millionaire star took to Instagram recently and wrote in bold: I Believe Tanushree Dutta. She has also made a long post along with the picture that talks about how it’s important to support the woman who has been harassed irrespective of the time she chooses to speak about it.

Freida’s post has come out at a time when most big faces from the industry are being criticised for not showing courage to speak up in the matter. The actress has written, “Today, I interrupt my feed for a bit from all the fashion week poses to stand by what I truly Believe. I Believe Tanushree Dutta!

I don’t need to know her personally, neither have been present on that horrendous day she got bullied, abused both sexually and psychologically, intimidated and shut down inorder to corroborate her story. However, I do know what Truth, Hurt and Abuse sounds like. The same way millions of people in the world know that Dr. Christine Blasey- Ford is NOT a Liar or an attention seeking, tantrum throwing overgrown child.

Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

 

I add my voice to the other voices coming out in support of Tanushree’s bravery because God knows this is not going to be easy for you, Tanushree. But what you have done is monumental and important and it has to shake the very core of a nation and an ideology that for too long has gotten away with heinous crimes against women and where the ugliness of misogyny has dominated the rights and suppressed any voice that has dared to speak up.

Also, even if someone speaks up ( and in Tanushree’s case- speaks up AGAIN) 10 years later, it doesn’t dilute or nullify a factual, verified, double verified truth. Her story is not a carton of milk that expires after a few days, ready to be discarded. So trolls: please do what you do best but it is not going to change the Truth.

India – Stand Up, Speak Up. Don’t look to just your superstars to speak up. Be your own role models and follow the voice of your conscience. Follow the truth and stand by a woman’s right to be her own wind keeper. You may just end up setting an example for many others who probably need your grit and courage to speak up.

I SUPPORT TANUSHREE DUTTA.”

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Today, I interrupt my feed for a bit from all the fashion week poses to stand by what I truly Believe. I Believe Tanushree Dutta! I don't need to know her personally, neither have been present on that horrendous day she got bullied, abused both sexually and psychologically, intimidated and shut down inorder to corroborate her story. However, I do know what Truth, Hurt and Abuse sounds like. The same way millions of people in the world know that Dr. Christine Blasey- Ford is NOT a Liar or an attention seeking, tantrum throwing overgrown child. I add my voice to the other voices coming out in support of Tanushree's bravery because God knows this is not going to be easy for you, Tanushree. But what you have done is monumental and important and it has to shake the very core of a nation and an ideology that for too long has gotten away with heinous crimes against women and where the ugliness of misogyny has dominated the rights and suppressed any voice that has dared to speak up. Also, even if someone speaks up ( and in Tanushree's case- speaks up AGAIN) 10 years later, it doesn't dilute or nullify a factual, verified, double verified truth. Her story is not a carton of milk that expires after a few days, ready to be discarded. So trolls : please do what you do best but it is not going to change the Truth. India – Stand Up, Speak Up. Don't look to just your superstars to speak up. Be your own role models and follow the voice of your conscience. Follow the truth and stand by a woman's right to be her own wind keeper. You may just end up setting an example for many others who probably need your grit and courage to speak up. I SUPPORT TANUSHREE DUTTA.

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Meanwhile, the Cine And TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) has released a statement mentioning that they regret injustice done to Tanushree back in 2008 when she had registered a complaint with them. Here’s the copy of the statement:

Statement from CINTAA in The Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar case

Statement from CINTAA in The Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar case

 

On the other hand, Nana has promised to organise a press conference on the matter as soon as he returns to Mumbai after finishing the shooting of his upcoming film, Housefull 4, in Jaisalmer.