#MeToo campaign is gaining momentum and many brave women have stepped up to share their plights. While that remains an act of unmatched valour, the society’s treatment of these women, however, is disgraceful.
We have already seen how Pakistanis reacted to Meesha Shafia and Sharmeen Obaid but the recent incident of Tanushree Dutta has further raised questions on how ready we are to listen to the victims.
Former actress Tanushree Dutta accused the infamous Nana Patekar of sending political party goons to intimidate her after she left a special song sequence due to actor’s offending, indecent and inappropriate conduct back in 2008. Following her allegations, a video of the attack also surfaced the internet – blessing strength to her claims.
“I was threatened and my car was attacked… The harassment continued for years. I was attacked by a political party at the behest of Nana Patekar.” – said Tanushree.
She further said that Me Too campaign in India can’t move further unless what happened to her in 2008 is recognized. But people have thrown all sorts of hurdles her way when she needed the most support. Here are some of the perspectives gathered up.
I just remembered I was also molested by #NanaPatekar 20 yrs ago. Oops wait, I was in school 20 yrs ago. Never mind nobody will use logic or analyse anything. Facts b damned. Media just needs a story! Feminists just need something new to yap about.
— Bhairavi Goswami (@bhairavigoswami) September 26, 2018
Who would have supported a newcomer #TanushreeDutta in 2008?
India worshiped Aishwarya Rai like she had descended from the heavens. @BeingSalmanKhan physically abused her. She told everyone. It has been 16 years, how many Salman movies have u seen?#NanaPatekar
— Shireen Azam (@shireenazam) September 26, 2018
In front of 300-400 people.
Do you think a respected man like NaNa will do such a heinous thing in front of 300-400 eyewitnesses?
I am shocked and can't believe this.
— Selfless Kruti🏹💖 (@certifiedKruti) September 27, 2018
— Moumita Dash (@moumita_dash) September 26, 2018
If it is unclear, please read this slowly: #NanaPatekar can be a philanthropist working towards farmer welfare AND ALSO BE a sexual predator who does not respect women.
You can like both coffee, and iced tea. Human traits are not exclusive.
— 🦄 Karima Khan (@karimasanela) September 27, 2018
It’s fine if members of the film industry don’t want to speak up on the #tanushreedatta #NanaPatekar issue. But just do us a favour and don’t write open letters/hold placards/ incessantly tweet pretending to have a conscious around the release of your films ! 🙏
— Stutee Ghosh (@rjstutee) September 27, 2018
Tanushree revealed that she was sexually harassed by Nana Patekar on the sets of Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss in 2008. As a protest against Nana’s inappropriate behaviour, she chose to walk out. Though many people have ridiculed her and blamed her for making this attempt for attention seeking, Tanushree said that in all these years, the actress in her has already died.
Several actresses including Twinkle Khanna, Farhan Akhtar, Renuka Shahane, Richa Chadha and Priyanka Chopra have spoken in support of Tanushree while many including Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachan have opted for a more diplomatic and unbiased role.
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