Nandita Das speaks up on #MeToo claims against father: Important to be sure about allegations
The 'Manto' film-maker had recently pledged not to work with 'proven offenders'
The 'Manto' film-maker took to Facebook to say that despite the "disturbing" allegations against her father, she would continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the women coming forward with stories of abuse and harassment.
She also warned that women need to be "sure" about their allegations before accusing someone.
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"As a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement, I want to reiterate that I will continue to add my voice to it, despite the disturbing allegations made against my father, which he has categorically denied," she wrote on the social networking site.
"I have maintained from the very start that this is the time we all need to listen, so that women (and men) feel safe to speak up. At the same time, it is also important to be sure about allegations so as not to dilute the movement," the actor said.
Nandita said she has received support from "friends and strangers - who are concerned and are trusting my integrity".
"I do believe truth will prevail. And that is all I have to say on this matter," she asserted.
Conservationist Nisha Bora has accused the Padma Bhushan artist of sexually harassing her at his Khidki village studio in 2004.
#MeToo One of India's most feted artists alive. Padma Bhushan recipient. My molestor. Long post alert. @IndiaMeToo… https://t.co/qYGmbiKvnN— Nisha Bora (@NishaBora) 1539677710000
The painter has denied the allegations calling them "vulgar and cheap".
Nandita Das, on Sunday, had joined hands with women directors from Indian film industry to support people sharing their stories of sexual harassment and have decided not to work with any proven offender.
Konkona Sensharma, Alankrita Shrivastava, Nitya Mehra, Ruchi Narain, Shonali Bose, Meghna Gulzar, Gauri Shinde, Kiran Rao, Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar are among the eleven women filmmakers who have pledged their support to the #MeToo movement.
"As women and filmmakers, we come together to support the #MeToolndia movement. We are in complete solidarity with the women who have come forward with honest accounts of harassment and assault. Our respect and admiration to them as their courage has started a revolution of welcome change.
"We are here to spread awareness to help create a safe and equal atmosphere for all in the workplace. We have also taken a stand to not work with proven offenders. We urge all our peers in the industry to do the some," the statement from the directors read.