Jeetendra Accused of Sexual Assault by His Cousin; But is the Media Going Overboard?
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They say that in all complaints of dowry and sexual assault in India, the man is first held guilty before he is proven innocent. In all other countries, it is just the other way around, you are presumed innocent before you are pronounced guilty.
This refers to a recent complaint filed by a cousin of Jeetendra regarding an alleged sexual assault that took place 47 years ago. Yes, you have read it right, 47 years ago! Jeetendra is now 75 years old. As per the complaint filed, the incident took place in Shimla in 1971 when the actor was 28 years old and the alleged victim was 18 years old. The Indian Court generally doesn't entertain such complaints after such a huge time lapse because no evidence can be gathered. In this case, a simple complaint has been filed with the Himachal Pradesh Director General of Police. The First Information Report (FIR) which basically means the starting point of a criminal investigation by the police hasn't been filed yet. But that has not stopped our news media to shamelessly write articles on the alleged incident. As per practice, Jeetendra is being named and shamed but the name of the complainant is withheld. The actor's lawyer has already termed the allegations as baseless and has questioned the fact why such an allegation is being made when after a gap of close to 50 years.
In a statement issued in Mumbai, Jeetendra's advocate Rizwan Siddiquee said the allegation was "baseless and ridiculous". "Foremost, my client specifically and categorically denies any such incident. Besides even otherwise such baseless, ridiculous and fabricated claims cannot be entertained by any Court of law or the law enforcement agencies after a span of almost 50 years," it said. Siddiquee said the law did not give any person "any rights or liberties of making any baseless... claims against any man publicly and seek to defame him with a hidden personal agenda. Media is therefore advised to cautiously refrain from giving any importance to such ridiculous, baseless and fabricated claims, and they should not participate in any way whatsoever in defaming or assassinating the character of any man in such cases."
"The Statute has provided a justice delivery system through the Courts, and the Limitation Act 1963 was specifically enacted to ensure that all genuine complaints are made within a maximum time limit of three years, so that a proper investigation is carried out and timely justice is delivered," it added.
In spite of all this, the media has reported on Jeetendra relentlessly, using his picture and maligning him without any evidence. Other than the fact that they have "heard" that such a complaint has been filed with the police, they have no other evidence whatsoever. You need to type Jeetendra and these news reports will fill your screen.
Forget about respect, when will our media learn to show some restraint?