Vinta Nanda Writes Open Letter to PM Modi Asking for Justice Against Alok Nath
Vinta Nanda has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lend his voice to the #MeToo movement and help survivors get the justice they deserve. Read her open letter to the PM here.
Image: Alok Nath/Twitter, Viral Bhayani
Veteran writer-producer Vinta Nanda, who has accused actor Alok Nath of raping her 19 years ago, took to Facebook on Tuesday to write an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to help her get justice.
Calling the letter “Plea to the #PrimeMinisterOfIndia,” she wrote:
“Dear Narendra Modi ji.
We pray in #Navratri to #Durga who was worshipped by #Ram before defeating the evil #Ravana.
As the custodian of truth at this point in time, help us get justice, which a legal system we inhabit does not provide us with tools to avail?
We're living in times when our law shelters perpetrators and oppresses victims who're not equipped with the arms to fight, where humiliation defies & scores over empathy. We're living in an environment in which morality is defined by the rich and powerful.
I request you to provide us with the space in which we will be heard. We never found courage to express ourselves until the #MeToo movement galvanised by honesty of a few, gave us confidence to speak & compelled our countrymen and women to listen to us.
I request you to show the world, that the change we seek to end the conspiracy of silence, the support we claim for securing ourselves against the consequences of voicing our anguish; will rise above being mere platitudes and become a true reality.
We're victims but are being victimised and humiliated because the men being questioned have the support of the practices and traditions of male dominance for thousands of years. They say this is no country for women. Prove them otherwise by taking action Sir.
There is a rising of global consciousness today and it supports women like us, but the long practises of curtailing women's rights are barriers to the progress that we are and have been seeking.
Your intervention in favour of us, women who have voices and those who have the support of all pillars of society except the system that governs us, will provide the confidence, which those of us who are underserved and remain marginalised, need desperately.”
Nanda isn’t the first, several people have questioned the PM’s silence on the #MeToo movement, that has taken India by storm.
Meanwhile, Nanda also filed a police complaint against Nath at Mumbai’s Oshiwara police station on Wednesday.
Interestingly, Nath and his wife Ashu registered a defamation case against Nanda on Monday in Mumbai’s Dindoshi sessions court seeking Re. 1 as damages.
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