Sexual harassment allegation: Priyanka, Twinkle, Parineet back Tanushree Dutta


Tanushree Dutta, who accused Nana Patekar of sexual assault on the set of ‘Hoen Ok Please’ in 2008 got the backing of Bollywood actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Twinkle Khanna.

Twinkle Khanna wrote, "A working environment without harassment and intimidation is a fundamental right and by speaking up this brave woman helps pave the way towards that very goal for all of us”. She linked her post by a journalist Janice Sequeira who says she was on set the day of the alleged harassment.

Janice Sequeira, Some incidents that take place even a decade ago remain fresh in your memory. What happened with #TanushreeDutta on the sets of “Horn Ok Please” is one such incident - I was there. #NanaPatekar

Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Swara Bhasker and Richa Chadha have also added their voices to Twinkle's.

Priyanka Chopra# Agreed..the world needs to #BelieveSurviviors

Farhan Akhtar, This thread is very telling. @janiceseq85 was there at the time of the incident being debated today. Even when #TanushreeDutta had career concerns to keep quiet 10 years ago she did not & her story hasn’t changed now. Her courage should be admired, not her intention questioned.

Parineeti Chopra# I agree too. Survivors are survivors because they have dealt with something and come out on the other side. So believe them, respect them. @janiceseq85#TanushreeDutta

Richa Chadha# It hurts to be #TanushreeDutta rn. To be alone, questioned. No woman wants publicity that opens the floodgates of trolling and insensitivity.What happened to her on set was intimidation.Her only fault was she didn’t back down-takes a special courage to be #TanushreeDutta.

Swara Bhaskar# #IBelieveYouTanushreeDuttahttps://youtu.be/BjMoJ526QkI

Tanushree Dutta said in her post, "The thing is that our country has become so hypocritical, and people constantly ask why #MeToo movement is not happening in India, it won't happen unless and until you'll acknowledge what happened with me in 2008.

"Everybody saw what happened, but the memory and the popular perception of it is that 'Tanushree Dutta spoke up against harassment and then she was no more.' The entire industry saw what happened, but there was not one word of condemnation from anybody. Every single person in this country remembers my incident and this was something on national TV for three days, but even today there's a stoic silence on that. So, my question is, 'Who is going to believe these hypocrites?' These are the people who stand up and raise their voice against women empowerment," said Tanushree.