Tanushree Dutta lodges FIR against Nana Patekar and three others in Mumbai


Tanushree Dutta has filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Bollywood veteran Nana Patekar at the Oshiwara Police Station over the sexual harassment allegations made by her. The four persons have been booked under section 354 (molestation) and 509 (Word, gesture or act meant to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code late on Wednesday night.

Tanushree has accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn "Ok" Pleassss in 2008.

Not just Nana Patekar, when Tanushree Dutta, spoke about the issue last time, she also accused many other prominent Bollywood personalities who were on the sets then including famous choreographer Ganesh Acharya.

The lawyer also submitted a 40-page statement on the alleged incident to police and Maharashtra State Women's Commission (MSWC). "When he was touching me indecently and unnecessary I felt very uncomfortable because of his behaviour, I felt he has outraged my modesty", the letter read.

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After her complaint, she was assured that "everything will be fine" but she was allegedly called back to the sets and informed by the choreographer that "new steps" had been added - without her consent, knowledge and will - which were intimate and included Nana Patekar touching her inappropriately. A senior police official said witnesses who were present in the studio at the time would be summoned and their statements recorded one by one.

However, on the fourth day of the shoot, Patekar's behaviour was inappropriate as he was grabbing her by the arms and pushing her around on the pretext of teaching her some steps, the complaint said. Her lawyer stated that many parts of the complaint were not mentioned and the FIR was filed only for the offence of causing damage to her auto and riot. Therefore, she left the police station without recording a statement.

The actress is also going to approach the Bombay High Court and will file a PIL seeking an internal complaints committee to be formed in every film related body. Tanushree said she was disappointed by his response. Her main grievance of sexual harassment as well as the name of the culprit were reportedly left out from the complaint by the police.