The Mumbai Police have given clean chit to Bollywood star Nana Patekar who was accused of sexually harassing actor Tanushree Dutta.
The incident came to light as a part of the famous #MeeToo movement against sexual harassment that gained momentum in India against many big names.
Mumbai police informed a local court that they have no evidence to prosecute actor Nana Patekar in a molestation case.
The suburban Oshiwara police on Wednesday filed a 'B Summary' (lack of any evidence against the accused person to file a charge sheet and seek trial) report before a metropolitan magistrate in Andheri.
Tanushree filed a complaint against Nana Patekar in October 2018 accusing him of harassing and misbehaving with her while shooting a song on the sets of the film Horn Ok Pleasss in 2008.
Dutta alleged that during the shooting of the song “Nathni Utaaru”, Patekar inappropriately touched her even after she had clearly mentioned that she will not perform lewd, vulgar or uncomfortable steps.
Whereas, Nana Patekar had categorically denied all the accusations and said that there arises no question of him molesting her as there were around 50 people on set.
It is to be mentioned that the Me Too movement (or #MeToo movement), with a large variety of local and international alternative names, is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault. The movement began to spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. It followed sexual-abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Tarana Burke, an American social activist, and community organizer, began using the phrase "Me Too" as early as 2006, and the phrase was later popularized by American actress Alyssa Milano on Twitter in 2017. Milano encouraged victims of sexual harassment to tweet about it and "give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem". A number of high-profile posts and responses from American celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence, and Uma Thurman, among others, soon followed.
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