Mumbai: India, the country where the talks of freedom and development of women are heard everyday, is unfortunately the same India, where crimes of sexual assault and harassment on women and children are reported almost every single day. With every second passing, this rate increases at a rapid speed.
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What comes as utter shock is that after the crime, the shameless abusers brush them off as ‘small mistakes’. What they don’t understand is that, for them this might be a small mistake, but for the victim, it’s sleepless, nightmare of life till they die.
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After the Hollywood tycoon, Harvey Weinstein’s news about sexual misconduct, the Bollywood is following the same foot steps, it seems. The latest name in this list is 76 year old veteran actor Jeetendra, who is in news for a sexual harassment case by his cousin.
He is not the first big name, there are many names which we have heard of, and many which we have never heard of. Today we bring the top 5 such big names who are involved in such a hateful crime.
1. Jeetendra Kapoor
The veteran actor, Jeetendra, who has been ranked as one of the most dashing and skilful actors of his time, is currently facing the charge of sexual assault against him. The latest allegation is made by his cousin, who has accused the actor of a crime happened 47 years ago. According to reports, the incident took place in Shimla, when Jeetendra was 28 and the victim was 18. It happened when Jeetendra had arranged for the victim to join him on the sets of his movie. She is claiming that the night they reached Shimla, Jeetendra returned to Hotel suite in an inebriated state, joined their beds together and sexually assaulted her. The allegations are in tune with the #MeToo campaign going on. As far as the actor’s point of view, he is denying any such incident being taken place ever.
2. Shiney Ahuja
The ‘Gangster’ star who started his career in a promising way, with back to back hits like Metro and Bhool Bhulaiyya was accused by his household help of sexual assault in the year 2009. The actor initially denied the charges, but later was found guilty. He was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment but was out on bail soon. According to the maid, she was kept confined for two hours in his flat and was threatened by the actor, if she reported the incident.
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3. Ankit Tiwari
Bollywood Singer, who became a sensation with his hit track ‘Sun Raha Hai Na Tu’ from the superhit movie, Aashiqui 2 was accused of raping his alleged ex-girlfriend multiple times in 2012-2013. He raped her under the pretext of getting married on several occasions. He was arrested in 2015 under sections 376, 493 and 506 and was finally acquitted of charges in 2017.
4. Aditya Pancholi
The actor and his family is known to be in headlines from many years because of certain controversies. The actor who is known for his hit movies like Saathi, Sailaab, was accused by Bollywood Queen Kangna Ranaut, with whom she was in a relation during her early days in Bollywood industry. The actress came clean when she was asked this during an interview and said that she had also filed an FIR against him. All the accusations were denied by the actor who later even threatened Kangana of taking a legal action against her.
5. Madhur Bhandarkar
The ‘Fashion’ director, who won national ward for his movie, was accused by a model and struggling actor, Preeti Jain, who filed a case accusing him raping her 16 times between 1999 and 2004. She said that the director, promised her roles in movies but no such offers were made true. The case hearing went for 9 years, and as there were no strong evidence, the court dismissed the case. However, later, Preeti was arrested for hiring a contract killer to murder Madhur Bhandarkar.
These were some of the main head turners, for wrong reasons, of Bollywood who were accused and found guilty for their sexual assaults. The movie world is not just about glamour, glitter, fame but it shields such horrendous crimes and criminals who take advantage of women in the name of giving roles in the movies or some other offers or sometimes forcefully. We hope that justice prevails in all these events where the intention of the criminals are so disturbing.