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VETERAN ACTOR JEETENDRA IN BIG TROUBLE FACES SEXUAL HARASSMENT CHARGES

By Siddharth Singh . 8th February 2018 02:27pm
VETERAN ACTOR JEETENDRA IN BIG TROUBLE FACES SEXUAL HARASSMENT CHARGES

Veteran Bollywood actor Jeetendra is now 75-year-old, his real name is Ravi Kapoor. He has featured in numerous Hindi films such as 'Farz', 'Humjoli', 'Do Bhai', 'Himmat', and 'Tohfa'. The actor has been happily married to wife Shobha Kapoor and has two kids - Ekta Kapoor, aged 43, and Tusshar Kapoor, aged 42. On Wednesday, a lady victim of sexually harassing has come forward to file a police complaint 47 years after the alleged incident. She is Jeetendra's cousin and the alleged actor is the son of victim's father's sister. The cousin emailed the complaint to the Director General of Police of Himachal Pradesh indicating that the incident took place in January 1971, when the victim was 18 and Jeetendra was 28. It happened when he "arranged" for the victim to join him from New Delhi to Shimla on the set of his movie without the complainant's "awareness". The victim has claimed that on the night they reached Shimla, Jeetendra returned to the room in an inebriated state, joined the two separate beds and sexually assaulted her. Whereas the veteran has rubbished the sexual assault allegations made by his cousin. In a statement issued by the actor's lawyer, Rizwan Siddiquee, the allegations were called "baseless and ridiculous". The statement read,

Foremost, my client specifically and categorically denies any such incident. Besides even otherwise such baseless, ridiculous and fabricated claims cannot be entertained by any court of law or the law enforcement agencies after a span of almost 50 years.
The statement further noted,
The statute has provided a justice delivery system through the courts, and the Limitation Act 1963 was specifically enacted to ensure that all genuine complaints are made within a maximum time limit of three years so that a proper investigation is carried out and timely justice is delivered.
The allegation comes amid the #MeToo campaign as part of which women have come out about facing sexual abuse at the hands of powerful men. While several ladies have accused Hollywood's powerful men, the Hindi film industry -- while admitting the prevalence of abuse -- have not named and shamed as openly.