In the wake of #MeToo, BJP leader demands restraining order on Subhash Ghai's film school (Twitter photo)
As the mud of accusations stains the filmmaker Subhash Ghai’s personality, a Mumbai BJP leader demanded on Sunday that the Maharashtra government revoke its decision to give land to him for his Whistling Woods International school in Mumbai owing to the alleged sexual harassment. Many celebrated artists from the Bollywood fraternity have been named under the heat of #MeToo movement. Subhash Ghai has been accused of rape and molestation a few days ago.
“In view of sexual harassment charges on Subhash Ghai and police complaint filed, 5.5-acre land leased by govt in Film City for Subhash Ghai’s film school, be reverted,” tweeted Vivekanand Gupta, secretary of the BJP’s Mumbai unit. Gupta tagged Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and culture minister Vinod Tawde in his tweet.
Vivekanand also pledged his support to #MeToo movement and to the women who have gone through the pain, suffering and trauma over the years. The politician further asserted that he has offered legal help pro bono to the movement.
He wrote, “All #MeToo Shud be provided legal assistance. Let law of the land prevail. Let justice be seen to be done. Our basic concept of Jurisprudence that the 100 culprits may let go free but no innocent should be punished.”
Earlier on October 11, taking to Twitter, Mahima Kukreja reshared an account originally narrated to her by an anonymous woman, who revealed that Subhash Ghai promised to be her “mentor in the film industry.” She recalled the time when the director allegedly took her to the hotel suite after spiking her drink, and later he raped her.
However, Subhash Ghai denied any such misconduct in an interview with PTI. He asserted that it has now turned a fashion to malign anyone known and to defame them by bringing some stories from the past without acknowledging any truth in it. “I deny strictly and firmly all false allegations like these," added the director.