Actor Alok Nath’s Wife Seeks Probe On Vinta Nanda’s Rape Allegation
Two other women have also come forward with their alleged #MeToo experiences with Alok Nath – actress Sandhya Mridul and a woman who worked on the crew of Hum Saath Saath Hai.
NEW DELHI Oct 13, 2018: An application has been filed in Mumbai court by actor Alok Nath’s wife asking the police to investigate the allegations of rape leveled against him by actor-writer Vinta Nanda. In her complaint, Ashu Nath has requested the court to order police to investigate the allegations against him.
“We have requested the court to order police to investigate the allegations. The allegations are meant to tarnish our client’s image. We do not want money. We are seeking only a monetary compensation of one rupee,” Alok Nath’s lawyer Ashok Saraogi told NDTV.
He also claimed that his team will file a defamation case against Ms. Nanda on Monday. A demand for removal of Ms. Nanda’s Facebook post in which she leveled the allegations, will also be made in the court, he said.
On Monday, Ms. Nanda shared an account of being raped and violated by the actor almost two decades ago.
Her Facebook post opened more allegations of sexual misconduct against the Hum Saath Saath Hai actor. Two other women have also come forward with their alleged #MeToo experiences with Alok Nath – actress Sandhya Mridul and a woman who worked on the crew of 1998 film.
Speaking anonymously, the woman alleges that the actor stripped in front of her on the set of Hum Saath Saath Hai, on which she was a crew member and in which he played the ‘sanskaari bapuji’ character on which he built his reputation as an actor.
“We were shooting for a night scene and I had taken a change of costumes to him. Once I handed him the clothes, he started stripping in front of me. I was taken aback and tried to make my way out of the room as soon as possible.
When I tried to run out, he grabbed my hand and manhandled me. I remember yanking my hand out of his grip and rushing out of the room,” the woman recounted to mid-day.
She also said that she was “shell-shocked” after the incident and decided against reporting Alok Nath to director-producer Sooraj Barjatya because, “He was extremely close to the Barjatyas, and Sooraj sir would have taken it badly.”
Actress Himani Shivpuri, who has worked with Alok Nath in several films and in television, revealed that the industry has always been aware of the veteran actor’s alcohol-fuelled split personality.
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