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#MeToo India: Police dismiss Tanushree Duttas sexual harassment case against Nana Patekar

#MeToo India: Police dismiss Tanushree Duttas sexual harassment case against Nana Patekar

Tanushree Dutta is credited to have brought the revolutionary #MeToo movement in India when in 2008, she accused an unnamed actor of misbehaving with her on the sets of film "Horn OK Pleassss".

Mumbai police have filed a "B report" in the case of sexual harassment that was made against Bollywood actor Nana Patekar by actress Tanushree Dutta previous year.

The police move comes after they reportedly did not find enough evidence in the matter, virtually ending the case as they can not continue further investigations. "Police have not investigated properly so we are opposing the summary report and are also going to file writ petition before Bombay High Court against the police officer", Nitin said.

He added that he had not received any official information from the Oshiwara police station regarding the classification of offence.

News agency ANI reported that the Mumbai police had filed a "B Summary" report in the case, which is usually done when the investigation can not be continued due to lack of evidence supporting the complaint.

He accused the police of conducting a shoddy probe in the entire matter, not recording the statements of many other witnesses, but relying on the evidence of only "one or two" witnesses in a bid to protect the accused.

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Earlier, Tanushree had claimed that the reports of Nana getting a clean chit from the police were a false rumour floating in the media.

She made no formal complaint at the time and no action was taken against Patekar, who has repeatedly denied the accusations. She also alleged that her witnesses "have been silenced by intimidation" and that "fake witnesses" have been propped up.

The magistrate court is yet to pass an order on the closure report. "I'm neither shocked nor surprised being a woman in India this is something we all have got used to". Many witnesses' statements are not yet recorded.

Speaking of the case, Tanushree Dutta continues to support many Me Too cases that came forward after she chose to speak up about it.

She also alleged that during the shooting of the song sequence, Mr. Patekar inappropriately touched her even after she clearly mentioned that she would not perform lewd, vulgar or uncomfortable steps.

The accused were booked under IPC Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act meant to insult the modesty of a woman), but no arrest was made so far.