Friday, August 11, 2017

Film director booked for asking sexual favours


PUNE: A small-time film director was booked for allegedly demanding sexual favours from a 19-year-old aspiring actress on the pretext of offering her a role in a Marathi film. The girl, a professional dancer, did not register a complaint instantly since she was shaken by the entire incident. She lodged an FIR against the suspect with the Wakad police.

Sub inspector Sangita Gode of the Wakad police said, "The girl had come across an advertisement on a WhatsApp group stating that the suspect, a small-time director, was looking for an actress for a role in a Marathi film on August 4. She responded to the advertisement and met the suspect at a studio at Tapkir Chowk in Kalewadi for an audition on August 5.

On August 6, the suspect's manager called up the girl and summoned her to the studio. "She went to the studio and met the suspect, who demanded sexual favours from her to give a boost to her career," the complainant said.

The girl refused the offer and walked out of the studio. "In her complaint, she mentioned the name of the suspect and that of the studio. When we visited the studio for further probe, the studio owner claimed that no such incident had occurred there," Gode said, adding that further probe is on.

The complainant is a resident of Jejuri in Pune rural, the officer said. "The suspects has been booked under section 354 (A) (sexual harassment and punishment for the same) of the Indian Penal Code.


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