#MeToo: Alok Nath’s wife seeks ‘probe’ into Vinta Nanda’s allegations

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter producer Vinta Nanda accused actor Alok Nath of sexual misconduct, several other actresses shared their accounts with the actor. Nanda alleged that Nath raped her in her home nearly two decades ago after he was sacked from 1990s’ popular television show Tara for misbehaving with its lead actress.

Even actresses Sandhya Mridul, Deepika Amin and Renuka Shahane joined the movement by revealing Alok Nath’s sexual predator side.

Amidst all this, Nath has filed a criminal complaint in the Amboli police station through his wife on Friday, confirmed his lawyer Ashok Saraogi. The complaint was registered because Nanda, without any justified reason, tried to “defame the reputation of the family, and especially that of Nath as well as his wife”, said Saraogi. “Hence, necessary action should be taken against her [Nanda],” he said.

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.

Read: In a ridiculous response to rape allegations, Alok Nath neither denies nor agrees to Vinta Nanda’s claims

He also claimed that his team will file a defamation case against Nanda on Monday. A demand for removal of Nanda’s Facebook post in which she leveled the allegations, will also be made in the court, he said.

On Monday, 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 alleged that that the actor stripped in front of her on the sets of Hum Saath Saath Hai, on which she was a crew member and in which he played the ‘sanskaari bapuji’ character.

“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.

On Monday night, Vinta Nanda shared her harrowing account of being raped and violated by the actor. She, however, did not name him, but identified him as the ‘sanskaari’ actor who played the male lead on her show Tara. Two days later – on Wednesday – actress Sandhya Mridul revealed her own story of allegedly being preyed upon on a set by a drunken Alok Nath. Mridul alleged that during an outdoor shoot, Alok Nath tried to enter her room forcibly, in an inebriated condition, and lunged at her screaming, “I want you… you are mine.” When the team returned to Mumbai, she heard that Nath spread false stories about her ‘acting difficult’ on the sets.

Meanwhile, as the #MeToo movement is gaining momentum popular names from Bollywood like Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan, Kailash Kher, Anu Malik, Vikas Bahl, Luv Ranjan, poet-lyricist Vairamuthu and Subhash Ghai have been accused of harassment.