Filmmaker Vinta Nanda, who blamed actor Alok Nath for raping her, has posted an open letter on Facebook, asking for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intercede in the sexual offense cases being fought in their country.
She writes, “I request you to provide us with the space in which we will be heard. We never found courage to express ourselves until the #MeToo movement galvanised by honesty of a few, gave us confidence to speak & compelled our countrymen and women to listen to us.
“I request you to show the world, that the change we seek to end the conspiracy of silence, the support we claim for securing ourselves against the consequences of voicing our anguish; will rise above being mere platitudes and become a true reality.
“We’re victims but are being victimised and humiliated because the men being questioned have the support of the practices and traditions of male dominance for thousands of years. They say this is no country for women. Prove them otherwise by taking action Sir.
Nanda has also filed a police complaint against Alok Nath, who is suing her for defamation. According to Hindustan Times, an FIR is yet to be registered. A senior police official confirmed that “she (Nanda) gave a written application and our inquiry is on”. Nanda, on her part, in a statement said that the police were “very cooperative” and “officer on duty Mr Pasalwar gave me a female sub-inspector who recorded my statement”. “It was not easy for me to give my statement as it is like reliving your pain,” she said.