Writer-director Vinta Nanda, who has accused Alok Nath of raping and harassing her, said it took her 20 years to go public with the allegations as she initially believed the incident was her “fault”.
For the longest time, Nanda said that she kept believing what happened to her was “fair” and when she decided to open up about the incident people around her advised her to “shut up”.
“I took a lot of time to open up. For the longest time I thought it was my mistake. Why did I go to that party and why did I take those drinks? Why I am so bold? Why do I talk so much? Why do I talk among men?
“So I thought what happened with me was fair. By the time the disturbance became so grave I could not bear it and I came out but everybody around me told me ‘You are crazy, shut up, bury it’. Going to police meant reopening a can of worms which was a difficult situation,” Nanda said at a press conference.
She alleged that Nath sexually assaulted her on more than one occasion after he was fired from the 1993 show “Tara” for misbehaving with its lead actor, Navneet Nishan. She said she was labelled a difficult person to work with.
The writer said when she initially spoke about the incident no body from the industry supported her.
“At that time when I spoke not a single person turned around and asked whether it happened or not. Not a single person questioned him, it was brushed under the carpet I had come out and written an application (but) the channel told me that Alok Nath must come back on the show and I was pressured to take the show post leap.”
Nanda said that she decided to open up now because she is no more ashamed of what happened to her two decades ago.
“I am at a place in my life now where I am not afraid. I have spoken about it. I am not ashamed. The man who did this to me should be ashamed,” she said.
Reacting to the allegations, Nath told a news channel, “Neither I am denying this nor do I would agree with it. It (rape) must have happened, but someone else would have done it. Well, I do not want to talk much about it as for the matter if it has come out, it will be stretched.”
Nath said that Nanda’s allegations are the result of the ongoing #MeToo movement across the country.
He acknowledged the movement and said that there are many disclosures been made under this campaign.
“However, we only have to hear to women’s stand because they are considered weak,” he added.