#MeToo: How many like Jiah Khan and Pratyusha Banerjee to die because of bigotry, asks Tanushree Dutta
On Wednesday, actress Tanushree Dutta came out with a fresh statement on her alleged sexual harassment on the sets of 2008 film Horn OK Pleassss and made strong observations about “level of consciousness and extreme judgementalism in a country known for its spiritual richness.”
In a written statement issued by her public relation team, she said, “I feel a deep despair seeing the level of consciousness and extreme judgementalism in a country known for its spiritual richness. I am asking how many talented and innocent people like Jiah (Khan), Pratyusha (Banerjee) and others you will consume by your bigotry. How many more need to die before you become sensitive towards others. Hate begets hate and if karma and punishment is the only language you understand then the road ahead will be rocky. Learn your lessons before it’s too late. We are in this world to learn and embody compassion and love.”
Talking once again of the controversial incident from 2008, when she was allegedly harassed by actor Nana Patekar, the statement reads, “The Horn OK Pleassss harassment incident and the mob attack there had sent me spiralling into a deep state of depression in 2008. Although I went on to finish my other projects with a smile on my face, deep inside I wanted to die. The harassment, manipulation, threats, the horrible things spoken about me and the humiliation I had to endure was too much for my sensitive soul to bear.”
She also claimed of being on the verge of taking the extreme step owing to frequent negativity.
“After putting years of hard work to be treated this way was and still is shattering. The attitude of these kind of people and my constant upstream struggle in the face of such frequent negativity that I have received made me want to give up often. Few years later Jiah and Pratyusha committed suicide. I somehow lived,” the statement read.
Tanushree also said that she had to face toxic stuff after speaking up this time.
“This time after I spoke again inspiring many to share their #metoo stories and exorcise their demons out, the same kind of toxic stuff was thrown at me by many especially Ganesh Acharya and Rakhi Sawant who levelled all manner of derogatory accusations on me,” she added.
“Rakhi apologised but only after I questioned her faith and dragged Jesus into the fight. I will always love God no matter who says what,” the statement added.
Tanushree Dutta has alleged that Nana Patekar misbehaved with her on the sets of Horn OK Pleasss in 2008 while shooting for a special dance number for the film, and filed a complaint against the Welcome star. However, Patekar has refused the allegations against him. Patekar’s lawyer Aniket Nikam, told ANI, “All allegations against him (Nana Patekar) are false and far from the truth”.