Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar Controversy: "We should start #MeeTooIndia Movement", says Maneka Gandhi


On Tuesday, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi spoke about the ongoing Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar controversy and by all means, we support her. She told a leading news agency that “harassment of any kind will not be tolerated."

Tanushree's harassment incident took place ten years ago!

"Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. We were the first government to start 'SHe Box' on social media and women who wrote to us saying they are harassed, we took action immediately," Maneka Gandhi said. Tanushree brought to light an incident that took place ten years ago, on the sets of a 2008 film Horn 'Ok' Pleasss. According to Tanushree's interview, she was harassed by Nana Patekar and also accused him of aggressive and unwelcome behavior. She further stated that Nana had sent goons to intimidate her.

Hoping to start something like the #MeToo movement in India, Maneka Gandhi said, "I feel we should also start something called 'Me Too India' in which any woman who has been harassed at any point should write to us and we should investigate. For the first time NCW is going into every case complained to us and we go in detail."

Ever since Tansuhree came public about this event, many industry members have come out in her support including Twinkle Khanna, Priyanka Chopra, Richa Chadha, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Farhan Akhtar.

Cine And TV Artists' Association on Tuesday stated that the complaint filed by Tanushree Dutta was inappropriately evaluated. "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 and IFTPC (then known as AMPTPP) in July 2008 was not appropriate, as the chief grievance of sexual harassment wasn't even addressed," read an excerpt of the statement issued by CINTAA.

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