Mumbai Police has registered a rape case against actor Alok Nath after a complaint was filed by the writer-producer, Vinta Nanda. An FIR was registered at the Oshiwara Police Station, when Vinta accused Nath of raping her nearly two decades ago.
About Alok Nath
Alok Nath, who has been known for his 90s TV show, was alleged in a social media post, last month, for raping the writer-producer 19 years ago. Vinta gave an account of the alleged sexual assault in the post, soon after Tanushree Dutta filed a complaint of harassment against Nana Patekar. The allegations were made under the spark of India’s #MeToo movement. However, the allegations were denied by Patekar.
Lately, #MeToo has been gaining momentum in the country, where many women are calling out filmmakers, comedians, authors, journalists and even actors.
On 17th October, Vinta had submitted a complaint against the actor at the police station, but Nath refuted the allegations. On the contrary, he filed a civil suit against the complainant in a court.
Nath’s wife, Ashu also recorded her statement before a magistrate in connection with her complaint against the Vinta. She told the court that her’s and Nath’s reputation has been damaged because of the allegations levelled by the writer. This is when Alok Nath sought Re 1 as damages for allegedly defaming him.
The Social Media Post
Vinta alleged that the actor raped her 19 years ago. However, she did not mention the of Nath in her social media post. Rather she referred to the “most Sanskari person” in the field of acting.
Alok Nath has been long known for playing characters that endorse ‘moral values’ in many movies like, Hum Aapke Hain Koun!, Maine Pyaar Kiya, Vivah, Hum Saath Saath Hain and many more. In view of the rape allegations, The Cine and TV Artists Association had expelled Alok Nath, earlier this month.
The Indian #MeToo Movement
The #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault exploded last autumn. A series of sexual misconduct allegations were made against many powerful men in India, be it Bollywood, IT companies, politicians and slew of other industries.
The movement has resulted in the fall of many Bollywood stalwarts like Nana Patekar, Vikas Bahl, Subhash Kapoor, Sajid Khan, Subhash Ghai, Anu Malik and many others.