In the past few days, many women not only from Bollywood but from the other industries as well, have come forward and narrated their traumatising stories of assault. It all started with Tanushree Dutta’s allegations against Nana Patekar. Celebrities such as Vikas Bahl, Zulfi Syed, Rajat Kapoor, Kailash Kher, Chetan Bhagat, Rajat Kapoor, Ronit Roy and others have been accused so far of sexual assault. Another name added to the list is that of Alok Nath who was accused by writer-director Vinta Nanda of raping and harassing her. Now, another woman who has worked with him while shooting for Hum Saath Saath Hain has come out and accused Alok of mistreating her.
Alok’s lawyer said that he is in a mental trauma after being accused of sexual misconduct. In the meantime, the victim narrated her story and even mentioned her reason for remaining shut all this while.
In an interview with Mid-Day, she was quoted as saying “We were shooting for a night scene and I had taken a change of costumes to him. Once I handed him the clothes, he started stripping in front of me. I was taken aback and tried to make my way out of the room as soon as possible. When I tried to run out, he grabbed my hand and manhandled me. I remember yanking my hand out of his grip and rushing out of the room”.
“I was shell-shocked; I couldn’t muster the courage to speak up against him. He was extremely close to the Barjatyas, and Sooraj sir would have taken it badly,” added the victim.
Saluting Vinta’s courage, she further added, “I am glad CINTAA is taking action against him. I salute Vinta’s courage; I wish I could show the same courage, but life has come way past it and I can’t put my family through this”.
#MeToo is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault. #MeToo spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. It followed soon after the sexual misconduct allegations against American film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Alok Nath has worked in many daily soaps like Sapna Babul Ka..Bidaai, Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, Who Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.