Actor Nandita Das said in a Facebook post today that she will continue be a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement even after ‘disturbing allegations’ emerged yesterday against her father, painter Jatin Das. He was accused by a woman, the co-founder of a paper-making company, of sexually harassing her 14 years ago.
In a Facebook post today, Nandita wrote, “As a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement, I want to reiterate that I will continue to add my voice to it, despite the disturbing allegations made against my father, which he has categorically denied.”
She added, “I have maintained from the very start that this is the time we all need to listen so that women (and men) feel safe to speak up. At the same time, it is also important to be sure about allegations so as not to dilute the movement.”
She ended her post by saying, “I do believe the truth will prevail. And that is all I have to say on this matter.”
Jatin Das, a Padma Bhushan awardee, has denied allegations and said it was a “game” going on and these allegations were “ridiculous and vulgar”.
Nandita Das recently signed an official statement in support of #MeToo, where women film makers, including Gauri Shinde, Zoya Akhtar, Kiran Rao and Meghna Gulzar, said that they wouldn't work with proven offenders.
“We are here to spread awareness to help create a safe and equal atmosphere for all in the workplace. We have also taken a stand to not work with proven offenders. We urge all our peers in the industry to do the same,” the statement said.