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    TV actor Abhinav Kohli arrested for physically and verbally abusing 'Bigg Boss' winner's daughter

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    The complainant said that the actor had shown obscene photos of models on mobile phone on several occasions.

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    The complainant said Abhinav Kohli used filthy language with the woman.
    MUMBAI: Television actor Abhinav Kohli has been arrested for allegedly sexually harassing a woman and beating her up, police said on Monday.

    Kohli (39) was arrested after the victim approached the Samta Nagar Police Station in suburban Kandivali along with her mother, who is also a TV actress, with a complaint on Sunday evening, an official said.

    He used filthy language with the woman and showed her obscene photos of models on mobile phone on several occasions since October 2017, a second official said.

    The accused used to beat up and abuse the victim and also threaten her and her mother of dire consequences, he said.

    According to a police spokesperson, "The victim and her mother went to the police station and lodged a complaint against the accused, following which police arrested him (on late Sunday night)."

    An offence was registered against Kohli under IPC sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation), he said.

    The accused actor was on Monday produced before a local court, which sent him in police custody till Tuesday, the official said.

    Further investigation in this case was on, he said.

    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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