TV actor Sushil Maan arrested for molesting a woman
Well known television actor Sushil Maan was arrested by Delhi police on Monday on the charge of molesting one of the students of his acting school. The woman lodged a complaint with the police that the actor has been molesting her for a period of past few months. She also said that the actor threatened her about not telling this to anyone. The woman was a student of Maan’s SM Cine and TV Acting Academy.
A senior officer from the police force informed the media that a case of molestation and criminal intimidation has been initiated against the actor. The police officer stated, “Maan has been running the academy in Rohini, Sector-7, since 2013. The complainant, who was pursuing a diploma degree, alleged that she was molested by Maan over a period of five months and was also threatened with dire consequence if she told anyone about it.”
Sushil Maan has worked since 2008 in various popular TV serials across major TV networks. Some of his well known performances are- ‘Devo Ke Dev Mahadev’ (year 2012, as Agnidev), ‘Mata Ki Chowki’ (year 2010, as Raja Dushyant), ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’ (year 2012, as Professor Rajat Sharma). He has also appeared several times in popular shows like ‘Crime Patrol’ (4 appearances) and ‘Adalat’ (three appearances). Sushil Maan is also an alumni from National School of Drama. He set up his academy last year to offer diploma and certificate courses in Television and Film acting. At present over 100 students are enrolled in the institute.
The victim in her statement to the police has said that while training her in the facial expressions, the actor began to touch her in an inappropriate manner. He tried to scare her by saying that he will ruin her career if she revealed anything. When things became unbearable, the woman decided to inform the police. Though no other student has made any complaint so far, the police want to record their statements to find out whether someone else had to face the same ordeal. So far nothing has been heard from the actor, his family or the staff at the institute.
This is not the first time, personalities from the film and TV world has been accused of rape/molestation. Actor Shiney Ahuja was arrested in 2009 for raping his domestic help, a 20 year old woman. Noted director Madhur Bhandarkar was also accused of raping a budding actress but was later freed by the court.