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Tanushree Dutta – Nana Patekar row: The Natsamarat actor may not face stricter provision of amended law against sexual harassment

Tanushree Dutta recently filed a fresh FIR against Nana Patekar in which she has mentioned everything about the sexual assault incident in a detailed way. The First Investigation Report was registered in Oshiwara on Wednesday, where Nana Patekar along with choreographer Ganesh Acharya, director Rakesh Sarang and producer Samee Siddiqui, have been booked under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) under the Indian Penal Code.

Apparently both the sections are bailable since the old Amended law, which was before 2013 is implemented on this case, as the incident took place in 2008. Advocate Flavia Agnes, who founded Majlis Manch, a legal centre for women’s rights said, “The previous law dealing with sexual harassment was limited in its definition. The amendment has brought stringent provisions. But it cannot be applied in a retrospective manner for an incident that took place before the amendment in 2013.”

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Talking about the new laws against sexual harassment like stalking, voyeurism, physical contact involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overture, the punishment is kept for 7 years for each section and that too unbailable. Soon after the registration of FIR many women came out in support of Tanushree Dutta outside Oshiwara Police Station and demanded arrest of Nana Patekar.

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