New twist in Tanushree Dutta sexual harassment case
New Delhi : Cine and TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) has refused to reopen case filed by actress Tanushree Dutta, alleging Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets on Horn Ok Please in 2008.
The actress had alleged that Nana Patekar tried to get too close to her during a special dance number. When she protested, she said that he called goons to the film set, who bashed up her car and broke the windshield.
Tanushree had left for US shortly after that and now she has returned to get justice in the matter.
On Tuesday, CINTAA released an statement saying that they could not take any action now as CINTAA's constitution doesn't allow them to take up a case that is more than three years old.
Here is the full statement:
"CINTAA strongly condemns any act that outrages the modesty of any individual and any form of sexual harassment is unacceptable to us. After going through Ms Tanushree Dutta's complaint, which was filed with the then Executive Committee of CINTAA in March 2008, we feel that the decision taken in the Joint Dispute Settlement Committee of CINTAA & IFTPC (then known as AMPTPP) in July 2008 was not appropriate, as the chief grievance of sexual harassment wasn't even addressed.
"Although it was a different Executive Committee at that time, yet as CINTAA we find it highly regrettable and no apologies can suffice, hence we must resolve today to never allow such lapses to occur again. CINTAA stands strongly for the dignity and self respect of its members.
"Sexual harassment is a serious criminal offence, unfortunately CINTAA's Constitution bars us from taking up any case which is more than three years old. Hence we appeal to the authorities to take cognisance of Ms Dutta's statements and conduct an impartial and speedy enquiry so that truth and justice may prevail. We also appeal to all our members to report any such incidents to us immediately. We are duty bound to give them our complete moral and legal support to ensure just and safe working conditions," the statement read.