‘Daayan’ Actress Tina Dutta Withdraws Harassment Complaints Against Mohit Malhotra
A section of the industry is livid with Tina Dutta for trivialising her #metoo complaint against Mohit Malhotra
TV actress Tina Dutta had previously alleged that her co-star misbehaved with her on the sets. Recently, the same actress has claimed that she has sorted out the differences with the actor. Understandably, she has earned the ire of her colleagues and officials alike who has accused her of making light of a grave situation and backing out of a complaint before it could be taken on officially.
NDTV reports that Ashoke Pandit, chief advisor of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), is livid over how Tina created a #MeToo stir when she accused her co-star Mohit Malhotra of sexual harassment on the sets of their show Daayan and then retracted her accusation. "What does she mean by ‘ironed out differences’? Is this a shirt that you can iron? These were serious allegations of sexual misconduct. How can she just throw them around and withdraw them whenever she wants? Is this a joke?" asked Pandit.
Ashoke Pandit feels an incident like this undermines the importance of the #MeToo movement. "I'd say they are doing the movement a great disservice and should be punished for using the platform to settle personal scores. At least, that is what it seems like."
"You're working with a co-star for years and suddenly you have intimacy issues. His behaviour suddenly bothers you. And we as a film federation and as male members of the entertainment industry, are deeply concerned. But when a few days later, you withdraw your grave allegations, you belittle our efforts to bring justice to women who have been really wronged. Madam, this is not a joke. Neither is it a platform where you can come and go at your will."
Ashoke Pandit feels the #MeToo movement is being derailed by women who don't seem to care about following up with their allegations.