With the year-old #MeToo movement finally taking root in India, several noted personalities across industries have been demolished. Bollywood's 'Sanskari Pitaji', Alok Nath, who last week came under the scanner of #MeToo wave, Saturday submitted a complaint, seeking to resgister a defamation case against writer-producer Vinta Nanda who accused the actor of rape.
Ashu Nath, the wife of the Vivah actor, moved an application to a metropolitan court in Andheri, Mumbai, asking police to investigate the allegations of rape levelled by Nanda. Earlier, a written complaint was submitted to the Amboli police station regarding the same.
In her request to file a defamation case against Nanda under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Ashu Nath said, "It is matter of record that recently, at USA, a campaigning had been started in the name of “#Me Too” and accordingly, some of the artists in the film industry along with others have joined the said campaigning by way of alleging that during the shoots or during the career in the film industry, they have been sexually assaulted".
"The Complainant states that accordingly, the Accused had posted a news on the social media without naming the husband of the Complainant however, she has accused him of having committed a rape with her about 19 years back… The Complainant states that the said matter had been widely published by all the Newspapers along with TV channels and during the said process, the Accused has also started abusing the Complainant by making unwanted allegations against the Complainant," she added.
On Monday, Nanda took to her Facebook account accusing Alok Nath of raping and violating her dignity about two decades ago. Following Nanda's complaint, actress Sandhya Mridul and a crew member also came forward to share their gut-ranching #MeToo moment with #Alok Nath.
The #MeToo movement has taken the social media by storm after model-turned-actress Tanushree Dutta, last month, recounted a decade-old controversy with sexual harassment allegations against Nana Patekar.