Indian Writer-director Vinta Nanda, who has accused actor Alok Nath of rape, on Sunday said the onus is back on her as she now has to undergo medical tests to help investigate the alleged incident that happened nearly two decades ago. In October, veteran TV writer and director Vinta Nanda accused Alok Nath of sexual harassment and said “I have waited for this moment to come for 19 years,” she wrote, referring to the “predator in question” as “the actor par excellence who is known as the most ‘sanskaari’ (cultured) person in the film and television industry.”
“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.” “I had filed a police complaint. It took three weeks for them to call me back and say yes we will now file an FIR, which happened last week. Along with the filing of the FIR, which normally should’ve led to him being arrested or at least being investigated, now the onus is back on me.” “I have to go for a physical medical test now, twenty years later. I read in the paper today where they’ve said I have to undergo a medical check and only then they will be able to proceed with the case,” Nanda said.
The writer was in conversation with journalists at a panel discussion on ‘After the #MeToo revolution, what next?’ at We The Women event here. The writer said she took on Nath in the capacity she could, but lacked courage to approach the police back then. “I did take him on in that sense. We went to his house and spoke to his wife back then but she said she can’t do anything about it. She was probably as helpless. Going to the police wasn’t an option for me. I just didn’t have the courage. I was so terrified,” she said.
“Silence manifests in different ways. If you’re not the kind of person to be silent, if you are the person who confronts things and deals with them in an empowered way, you are worse off dealing with silence within you because you’ve internalised something which isn’t natural to you at all”. “I attribute my attitude of mistrust and negativity with which I’ve lived it to silence, which got released when I posted that on Facebook. A lot of my friends ask me today what has happened to you, we are having cinema conversations with you now,” she added.
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21 August, 2019