Vinita said, "I trusted him and sat in his car. I have faint memory after that. I can remember more liquor being poured into my mouth and I remember being violated endlessly."
In the wake of recent #MeToo movement, Bollywood’s ‘Sanskaari’ actor, Alok Nath has been accused of rape by a TV show writer and producer. Yes, in a shocking post Vinita Nanda, a veteran writer of 90s’ TV show, Tara took to her Facebook and narrated the incident about Alok Nath who was one of the lead in the show.
In her Facebook post, Vinita doesn’t name Alok Nath but labelled the accused as ‘most #Sanskaari person in the film and television industry’. As everyone knows, Alok Nath is famous as Sanskari Babuji in the industry and he was also a part of the main cast in the show.
However, Vinita later confirmed it is Alok Nath she is talking about in the post to a leading news portal. Vinita said, "It is Alok Nath. I thought saying 'Sanskaari' would do the needful."
In a long heart-wrenching post on FB, she wrote,
“I was producing and writing the No 1 show on TV called Tara. He was after my lead girl. She was not interested in him. He was an alcoholic, shameless and obnoxious but he was also the television star of that decade, so not only was he forgiven for all his bad behaviour but many of the guys would egg him on to be his worst. My lead female actor was being harassed by him. He would mess with her on the sets and everyone would be silent. When she complained to us, we decided to let him go. We needed one last shot between them and soon after it had been taken we had planned to let him know that we didn’t want to work with him any longer. He had become aware of our plan and on that day, he came drunk on our sets. He continued to drink till the time he was called for the shot. When the moment came and the camera rolled, he felt up our female lead and very viciously. My lead actress slapped him. We asked him to leave the sets and told him that he was not going to be on the show any longer.”
Further narrating her horrific incident, she continued, “I was invited to a party to this man’s house, his wife, my best friend was out of town. It was usual for our group of friends from theatre to meet regularly so there was nothing unusual about my going to the party. As the evening flowed, my drinks were mixed and I began to feel strange. Then at around 2am I left his house. Nobody followed me or offered to drop me home, which was what was rather unusual. All I knew at the time was that I had to get home. I could sense it wouldn’t be right for me to stay there any longer. I started to walk home on the empty streets although the distance to my own house was long. Midway I was accosted by this man who was driving his own car and he asked me to sit in it and said he would drop me home. I trusted him and sat in his car. I have faint memory after that. I can remember more liquor being poured into my mouth and I remember being violated endlessly. When I woke up the next afternoon, I was in pain. I hadn’t just been raped, I was taken to my own house and had been brutalised. I couldn’t get up for my bed. I told some of my friends but everybody advised me to forget about it and move on.”
She also advised other girls to not hold it back, she further wrote, “I have waited for this moment to come for 19 years. I shout out to each one of you who have suffered at the hands of predators to come out and say it aloud. Don’t hold yourselves back. This is a moment for change so your silence will only hold barriers to its evolution. Speak out. Shout out from the top of the roof. My friend Nutan who is no more took me to the back road of #LokhandwalaComplex in #Andheri where she made me break a 100 empty bottles and I threw them into the mangroves and shouted out all my anger and frustration. I never looked back after that day.”
Giving a hint about the accused identity, she wrote, “Irony is that the man, the predator in question here is the actor par excellence who is known as the most #Sanskaari (Cultured) person in the film and television industry.”
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