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    Aditya Pancholi files for anticipatory bail in rape case; hearing due tomorrow

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    The actor-producer has filed for an anticipatory bail in the Dindoshi sessions court.

    The 54-year-old has refuted the allegations and said he is being falsely implicated in the case.
    Four days after Aditya Pancholi was booked by Mumbai's Versova Police Station on charges of rape, the actor-producer has filed for an anticipatory bail in the Dindoshi sessions court.

    The anticipatory bail is due for hearing on Tuesday.


    Police had registered an FIR on charges of rape and assault case against Pancholi after a leading Bollywood actress accused him of the crime.

    The case had been registered against him under IPC 376 (rape), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc with intent to commit an offence), 384 (punishment for extortion), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), according to media reports.

    The 54-year-old has refuted the allegations and said he is being falsely implicated in the case.

    2018: The Year When #MeToo Shook India

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    2018: The Year Of #MeToo In India

    2018 saw the rise of the #MeToo movement in India. Inspired by a global campaign against sexual harassment and assault, women across the spectrum opened up and shared their stories about abuse by men in positions of power. And it began in October with actress Tanushree Dutta accusing actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment while shooting for the 2008 film 'Horn Ok Please'.

    What followed was a series of posts by other women who shared their experiences with the world. From actors, film directors to advertising top guns, artists and writers and politicians, women professionals called out obnoxious behaviour at the workplace. From unwanted attention in the office to sexual innuendos on the film set, there were many kinds of allegations that surfaced.

    While some of these are still struggling in the industry amidst the allegations, some succeeded in getting a clean chit from authorities. Recently, rumours surfaced that Patekar has been given a clean chit. However, the 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' actress quashed the rumours. However, director Vikas Bahl, who was one of the prime accusees, has been set free from all charges against him. The internal complaints committee of Reliance Entertainment, today, set the 'Queen' director free, who was accused by an employee of Phantom films under the #MeToo movement.

    (In Pic: From top left, Nana Patekar, Aditi Mittal, Subhash Ghai, Anirban Das Blah. From bottom left, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Jatin Das, Vikas Bahl)


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