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‘Someone else would have raped her’: Alok Nath dismisses Vinta Nanda’s allegations

09 October 2018, 03:26 | Myron Mathis

#MeToo: Vinta Nanda alleges 'sanskaari actor' of rape; CINTAA sends notice to Alok Nath

#MeToo: Tara writer Vinta Nanda accuses 'most sanskaari' actor of rape, netizens want Alok Nath jailed

The Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) after issuing an apology to Tanushree Dutta, and admitting that they did not properly address the actress' allegations against Nana Patekar 10 years ago, have said that they will be issuing a show cause notice to veteran actor Alok Nath seeking his stand on the sexual harassment and rape allegations made against him by a noted female producer and writer.

Vinta Nanda and Alok Nath have been trending after her revelation on Facebook. Although she has not mentioned the name of the actor in her post, but her suggestive remarks like "sanskaari" and that the person concerned was the "lead actor" and a "television star of that decade" were good enough to make out that she was indeed pointing the finger at Alok. She later confirmed to IANS that she was referring to Alok Nath.

In the Facebook post, Nanda called the actor - popular for his roles as a stereotypical Indian father, personifying religious traditions and moral values in movies and TV shows - "alcoholic, shameless and obnoxious". "Nobody followed me or offered to drop me home, which was what was rather unusual", she wrote. "I can remember more liquor being poured into my mouth and I remember being violated endlessly".

"All I knew at the time was that I had to get home". "When I woke up the next afternoon, I was in pain".

"When she complained to us, we chose to let him go", she wrote.

The show went on with the ratings soaring but the management at the channel changed and it asked for a change in the lead actor.

"I started to walk home on the empty streets. It is high time", she said in the statement. I am speaking because he should be ashamed because he has lived so many years believing he got away. I empathise with Vinta for the bad pain she has gone through; it is unimaginable. "I thought saying "sanskaari" would do the needful", Nanda said.

"I will talk to my advisers about what has to be done next", she added. "It was after this that I quit", she said. This moment never came to me in the '90s.

Nanda also urged people "who have suffered at the hands of predators, to come out and say it aloud". While the woman said she doesn't want to repeat what she had written in her social media post, she also added that she is not afraid and ashamed. "Don't hold yourselves back", she said.

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