After filing an FIR for rape against actor Alok Nath, writer-director Vinta Nanda has said that she is “willing to forgive” the actor if he shows “some remorse, repentance”, so she knows he will never violate another woman again.
“I was never in this for revenge. I want correction, not revenge. Show some remorse, show some sign of repentance. Let me know that no other woman would be violated by you the way I was. All I see right now is an attitude of defiance and shamelessness. If that’s the way it is going to be, then I’ll see my fight for justice to the end,” she said.
Vinta is surprised at how Alok Nath refuses to acknowledge the wrong he has done. “He is brazening it out when he should have apologised. Instead he got his wife to speak on his behalf. That is so sad.
“In our society women still feel like standing by their husbands — no matter how wrong they are — is their dharma. Men take advantage of this unconditional spousal support,” she added.
On Tuesday, a rape case was registered against actor Alok Nath by the Mumbai Police on a complaint filed by Vinta Nanda.
Nanda had accused Nath of raping her nearly two decades ago.
The FIR was registered at the Oshiwara police station in suburban Andheri on Tuesday night, a senior police official said.
Nath has been booked under Indian Penal Code section 376 (rape), Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone IX, Paramjit Singh Dahiya, said.
Writer-producer Vinta Nanda had on October 17 filed a police complaint against actor Alok Nath.
The complainant, best known for a 90s TV show, had in a social media post last month alleged that the actor had raped her 19 years ago.
She had given an account of the alleged sexual assault in the post, soon after actor Tanushree Dutta’s complaint of harassment against Nana Patekar sparked off what is known as India’s #MeToo movement. Patekar denied the allegations.
Though Nanda did not name Nath in her social media post, she referred to him as the actor who is known as the “most Sanskari person” in the field of acting.
Alok had filed a civil defamation suit against Nanda, demanding a written apology and compensation of one rupee.
The actor’s wife Ashu had also recorded her statement before a magistrate in connection with her complaint against the complainant and sought that defamation proceedings be initiated against the writer-producer.
The Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) had earlier expelled Alok Nath in view of the rape allegations against him.
(With agency inputs)