Tanushree Dutta has slammed police for their inaction against Nana Patekar. Tanu is that very first female actress who kicked up the #MeToo storm in India by filing a complaint against Nana Patekar. In her complaint, she alleged that around 11 years ago, back in 2008 when she was shooting for Horn Ok Please, Nana Patekar harassed her after she refused to cater to his demands.
She further alleged that Nana even brought goons from a political party and vandalized her car and threatened her with dire consequences leaving her fearful, to an extent that she left India and flew to the US. Now post several months of investigation, there are reports that Nana has been given a clean chit by the authorities citing the reason that witnesses’ claims don’t match with the accusations.
Dismayed by all these happenings, Tanu accused the police of conducting the investigation at a snail’s pace, as 6 months have passed since she filed the FIR against Nana. On the other hand, police issued a statement that the delay was caused by witnesses’ statements not matching with the accusations. On hearing police’s response, Tanu questioned the authenticity of the police’s investigation procedure.
Talking to the MidDay, a senior level police official said,
“Several statements in the matter have been recorded, but most of them don’t support her allegations. The reason behind this is people cannot recall the incident. Some only remember about the delay during the shoot, but not about any harassment faced by the actor.”
He further added,
”As the matter is 10 years old, it’s taking a lot of time to track down the people who were present at the time of the incident. The witnesses’ statements are very important to take the investigation forward.”
Reacting to police’s public statement, she said,
”The cops have been so slow with the probe. Most of the people from whom they are taking statements are the ones who watched me getting harassed and did nothing to support me. So why will they now speak in my support. The mentality of people is such that they will lie to protect such criminals and prove the woman wrong.”
But Tanu has hope that justice will be delivered in the end.