Rape case against actor Alok Nath

After a month of receiving a complaint accusing actor Alok Nath of rape, the Mumbai police today, has registered an FIR under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the actor. The complaint was filed by a TV writer-producer Vinta Nanda, who during the ongoing #MeToo movement accused Alok Nath of of rape, sexual harassment and getting her sacked when she complained about the wrong done to her, so years ago.

Vinta Nanda, a veteran writer-producer of 1990s’ show ‘Tara’, accused actor Alok Nath on October 8th of sexually violating her almost two decades ago. The Cine & TV Artists Association (CINTAA) sent him a show-cause notice after Nanda’s accusation. “I have waited for this moment to come for 19 years,” Nanda wrote in a long, heart-wrenching Facebook post, referring to Alok Nath as “the actor par excellence who is known as the most ‘sanskaari’ (cultured) person in the film and television industry”.

The victim had first made the allegations against the actor on Facebook on October 8, where she claimed that her drink was spiked by Nath at his house during a party.  In her long post she further said that when she left his house feeling uneasy, he had offered to drop her home in his car, but instead took her to another location where he allegedly raped her.

On October 13th, Alok Nath filed a defamation case against the writer terming the allegations of rape as false. As a retaliation to this, Nanda filed a police complaint against Nath. The woman had also earlier alleged that the actor had all her shows shut down, leading to the closure of her production company. “The case was filed under under section 376 of IPC (rape),” Additional Commissioner of Police Manoj Sharma said.

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