A month after Mumbai Police received a complaint accusing actor Alok Nath of rape, an FIR was registered under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Wednesday. In her complaint to the police on October 17, the victim alleged she was drugged and raped by the actor 19 years ago when they were working together in a TV show.
The victim had first made the allegations against Nath on Facebook on October 8. In the post, she claimed her drink was spiked by the actor at his house during a party. She further said that when she left his house feeling uneasy, he had offered to drop her home in his car, but instead took her to another location where he allegedly raped her.
After the victim’s post, Nath’s wife Ashu Singh had submitted a complaint seeking an FIR against the victim for defamation. A week later, Nath filed civil defamation case seeking Re 1 as damages. This was, however, dismissed by the Bombay City Civil and Sessions Court which found that neither of them could claim to have been defamed by the Facebook post.
Since the post, Nath has been accused of sexual harassment by two other women. Nath was expelled from Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) earlier this month. In a statement, the body said, “In view of the various allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Alok Nath, after due diligence and consideration, the Exec. Committee of #cintaa has decided to expel him from the Association.”
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