Mumbai: Known for his ‘sanskari’ on screen image, Indian television actor Alok Nath has been accused of raping Vinta Nanda, a veteran writer-producer of the avant-garde 1990s’ show ‘Tara’.
She stated that Alok Nath has sexually violated her for almost two decades.
“I have waited for this moment to come for 19 years,” Nanda wrote in a long, heart-wrenching Facebook post, referring to the predator in question as “the actor par excellence who is known as the most ‘sanskari’ (cultured) person in the film and television industry.”
Later, Nanda clarified her statement by stating, “It is Alok Nath. I thought saying ‘sanskaari’ would do the needful.”
The #MeToo movement which asks people to share their voice against sexual harassment gave her courage to pen down her experience after almost 20 years.
How did Alok Nath Raped Vinta?
Vinta stated, “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, many of the guys would also egg him on to be his worst. He even harassed the show’s lead actress who was not interested in him.”
Nanda recounted the incidents that followed after she left a party at Alok’s house at 2 a.m. She said her drinks were mixed.
I started to walk home on the empty streets… 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.”
Well, this was not the end of the chapter, later, Nanda got the job to direct a series for Plus channel, where she again crossed her pathed with ‘Sanskari babuji’.
Nanda told, “The man found his way through the casting route and became one of the lead actors on the show. He created an environment in which I was made to feel threatened, so I asked the producers to release me from directing the series because I didn’t want to be around where he was. I continued to write the show.”
When asked about why she took so long time to share her pain, Nanda said, ” I was working on this new series and Alok Nath on a regular basis used to ask me to come to his house again and I went to allow him to violate me”.
“I needed the job and didn’t want to leave it as I needed the money. It was after this that I quit.”
After sharing her phase of pain, she also urged people who have suffered at the hands of predators, to come out and say it aloud.
“Don’t hold yourself 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, “She said.
It is to be mentioned that Alok Nath is known for his roles as a stereotypical Indian father, personifying religious traditions and moral values in films and TV shows. He was last seen in the movie, Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety.
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