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#MeToo: Rape Case Registered Against Alok Nath

Mumbai Police booked the actor on the basis of Vinta Nanda's complaint that Nath had drugged and raped her 19 years ago.

New Delhi: Mumbai Police have registered a rape case against actor Alok Nath under Section 376 of the IPC on the basis of a complaint registered by writer-producer Vinta Nanda.

Senior police officer Manoj Sharma confirmed the case was registered at the Oshiwara Police station on Nanda’s complaint, NDTV reported.

Nanda had filed a complaint against the actor at the Oshiwara police station in October 17. Earlier, on October 8, she had written a Facebook post accusing the actor of raping her 19 years ago. In the post, Nanda claimed that Nath spiked her drink during a party at his house, and when she felt uneasy and was leaving for home, Nath offered to drop her home in his car. Nath instead took her to another location and raped her, she said.

The veteran actor had denied Nanda’s accusations. His wife, Ashu Singh, submitted a complaint seeking an FIR against Nanda for defamation. Later, Nath filed a civil defamation case against Nanda, seeking Rs 1 as compensation. Both the complaints were dismissed by the Bombay City Civil and Sessions Court.

Nath has also been accused of sexual harassment by actresses Sandhya Mridul, Deepika Amin and others.

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Nath was expelled by the Cine and TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) for not showing up before the executive committee in October. He also ignored a notice sent by the Indian Film And Television Directors Association (IFTDA) regarding Nanda’s allegations.

The allegations against the actor came as part of the #MeToo movement in India, which took off in September when actress Tanushree Dutta levelled sexual harassment allegations against actor Nana Patekar. Several other Bollywood celebrities including filmmaker Sajid Khan, singer Kailash Kher and music composer Anu Malik have also been accused of sexual harassment.

Former Union minister of state for external affairs and editor M.J. Akbar and several other media personalities have found themselves in the dock after #MeToo India took momentum.