Last month Alok Nath had requested for a bail in the Oshiwara Police Station. The veteran actor was booked for the rape case in the last year 2018. The screen writer Vinta Nanda had booked Alok Nath for raping her on the sets of the 1990’s TV show Tara.
As the #MeToo wave gained momentum in India, Vinta Nanda with her Facebook post dated October 8, 2018 had detailed her ordeal of being allegedly raped by Alok Nath during the 1990s TV show Tara, which she was producing and writing at the time. In her post, Nanda called Nath an entitled drunk and wrote, “He was an alcoholic, shameless and obnoxious but he was also the television star of that decade, so not only was he forgiven for all his bad behaviour but many of the guys would egg him on to be his worst. My lead female actor was being harassed by him. He would mess with her on the sets and everyone would be silent. When she complained to us, we decided to let him go.”
Nanda wrote that she was allegedly sexually assaulted more than once by Nath after he was removed from the TV show for misbehaving with its lead actress, Navneet Nishan. Following Nanda’s allegations, actresses Sandhya Mridul and Deepika Amin backed her and shared their own experiences of being allegedly harassed by Alok Nath. Following this, Nath’s wife submitted a complaint before a magistrate’s court, seeking that an FIR be registered against Nanda for allegedly defaming her husband. Nanda then filed a police complaint against Nath mentioning her allegations in detail.
In the last week of October, a sessions judge had rejected Nath’s plea urging the court to restrain Nanda from giving interviews about her rape allegations. Meanwhile, the Cine and TV Artistes’ Association had served Nath a showcause notice and decided to expel him from the ranks after he allegedly failed to appear before the Internal Complaints Committee that was investigating Nanda’s allegations.
About a month after Nanda’s complaint to the police, Nath was booked for rape. A case under IPC sections 376 (rape) and 377 (unnatural offences) was registered against Nath, said police.
— BombayTimes (@bombaytimes) January 5, 2019
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