Actor Esha Gupta has sought union minister Smriti Irani’s intervention after the National Commission for Women claimed that they’ve despatched a notice to her in relation to a sexual harassment case. The NCW on Thursday issued contemporary notices to Esha, director-producer Mahesh Bhatt, actor Urvashi Rautela and others for recording of witness statements on a grievance towards the promoter of an organization for allegedly blackmailing and sexually assaulting a variety of women on the pretext of giving them modelling careers.
“Dear @smritiirani ma’am, can you please help me with this issue. Why is this the first time m hearing about it through the tweets. If we do a paid promotion, it’s our work. Also the fact that I have yet received no notice,” Esha wrote in a tweet. “Respected @smritiirani ma’am, please help me with this situation. Just by tweeting and giving out in news a case cannot be made on false pretext. I don’t know the truth behind #NCW case, but to accuse me of something like is defamatory,” she added.
Respected @smritiirani ma’am, please assist me clear this ordeal. This isn’t the way in which to attempt to use our title. Being a celeb doesn’t imply m not human. I’m unwilling to settle for this by @NCWIndia, they need to be serving to individuals not create media controversies
— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) August 6, 2020
Esha stated that she is prepared to cooperate however didn’t agree with how NCW is ‘dragging’ her title into the matter with out duly informing her about it. “Respected ma’am, @sharmarekha, as a woman, I would stand by any woman who has been wronged. But if no information has reached to us,then why is my name dragged here. I am ready to cooperate and not ashamed, hence making it public here. @smritiirani,” she wrote.
Mouni Roy, actor-model Prince Narula, and TV character Rannvijay Singha have additionally been named by the NCW. As per a Pinkvilla report, Mahesh Bhatt’s reps stated that he has not obtained any notice from NCW. He denied being related to the corporate accused of harassment.
The NCW stated that regardless of directing to seem earlier than the fee and intimating the identical by means of all potential modes of communication, these individuals have neither bothered to reply nor attended the scheduled assembly.
Taking severe word of their non-appearance, the fee adjourned the matter for August 18, asking them to seem earlier than it and warned that non-appearance can be adopted by motion as per the procedures.
The growth comes because the NCW has taken cognizance of a grievance filed by social activist and People Against Rapes in India (PARI) founder Yogita Bhayana towards the promoter of an organization for allegedly blackmailing and sexually assaulting a variety of women on the pretext of giving them careers in modelling.
Bhayana had additionally written a grievance letter to NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma. “Through his company, he (Sunny Verma) invites the girls on the pretext of organising a Miss Asia contest with a claim that the contest will launch them as models. To make it look genuine, his company has also been taking an entry fee of Rs 2,950. Once the girls apply, they are alluded by the female accomplices of Sunny Verma to submit their nude pictures in order to get the better ranking in the contest,” the grievance letter stated.
It alleged that Verma, after receiving the photographs and typically even earlier than, used to get in contact with the ladies and ask for fully nude photos and movies.Verma additionally used to allude in addition to threaten the ladies to submit to his sexual needs in the event that they had been in modelling as a profession or want to win the competition, it added.
“Once he established a physical relationship with the girls, he used to blackmail them for regular sexual favours. Many girls from across the country have suffered a sexual and mental assault from Sunny and his accomplices,” stated the grievance citing a number of purported letters, texts and audio clips from a number of women as proof of this modus operandi of Sunny Verma and his firm.
(With ANI inputs)
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