Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar.
The Mumbai Police on Thursday told a local court that they have not found any 'substantial evidence’ against Nana Patekar in the case related to alleged harassment of actress Tanushree Dutta. In its 'B Summary' report, the police said that it cannot find evidence in support of the complaint and are unable to continue the investigation.
The actress who triggered the #MeToo Movement last year when she had accused Patekar of harassment during the shoot of 2019 film Horn Ok Pleasss, has said that she will continue the fight and is going to challenge the order. While talking to reporters, she said, ''A corrupt police force and legal system giving a clean chit to an even more corrupt person Nana who has been accused even in the past of bullying,intimidation and harassment by several women in the film Industry. Our witnesses have been silenced by intimidation and fake witnesses have been put forth to weaken the case. What was the rush to file a B summary report when all of my witnesses have not even recorded their statements yet?? I'm neither shocked nor surprised being a woman in India this is something we all have got used to. I mean if rape accused Alok Nath got a clean chit and returned to movies then surely it was not going to be difficult for harrassment accused Nana Patekar to get himself or shall we say buy himself a clean chit to continue to bully hapless young women.''
''But the proof is often in the pudding and a gentle reminder to the Indian public to watch the video of my car being mercilessly attacked and broken while me and my family tried to escape from these monsters on Horn ok Pleasse set 10 years ago. After this if you still decide to watch their movies and support then it's your bad karma. You are a corrupt people with no justice but Gods justice will rain on you someday hopefully and will avenge for all the humiliation, insult, harassment, judgement and trauma I have had to endure in the last 10+ years because of this attitude.''
She further said that she believes that she will get justice. ''That is my hope finally for a life without hope is like a candle without fire. I pray that I never have to deal with this kind of toxicity ever again in life. I am tired of fighting alone against oppressors, bullies and a corrupt system. I have better things to do in life with my talent and skillset and I need to focus on those but please don’t take this example to mean that you will not be heard when u speak up!! Continue to expose these creeps through social media and other platforms so that in future people would think twice before troubling an innocent young girl. I still believe btw that I will get justice and victory will be mine!! How..only time will tell,'' Tanushree said.
Dutta's lawyer, Nitin Satpute, speaking to Times Now, also said, "We haven’t yet received any official communication from the police yet. However, we will challenge the closure report."
Dutta had filed a complaint in October last year, in which she had alleged that on the sets of Horn Ok Pleasss in 2008, Patekar had touched her inappropriately on the pretext of showing her dance steps, and also insisted on starring in the song sequence, which was supposed to be a solo performance.