Subhash Kapoor's arrest makes me feel empowered: Geetika

  • Debasmita Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2014 19:19 IST

After National Award-winning director Subhash Kapoor was arrested on Monday on charges of molestation by actor Geetika Tyagi, the latter says that she finally feels “empowered”.

"I had approached the cops way back in February, then filed the complaint in April and finally this man (Kapoor) gets arrested in June ... clearly, a lot of powerful forces have been protecting him but no one gets arrested without ­reason ... it’s the first step to my win and I am looking ahead now," says the 24-year-old Delhi girl, who was seen in films such as Aatma, What The Fish, and One by Two, last year.

Tyagi had filed a complaint against the Jolly LLB ­director at Mumbai’s Versova Police Station in April, ­alleging that he came to her house in May 2012 and touched her inappropriately under the influence of alcohol. Earlier in February this year, Tyagi tweeted a link to a video, in which she was seen accusing Kapoor of forcing himself on her, while Kapoor’s wife, Dimple Kharbanda, was seen ­pleading with Tyagi and her boyfriend, director Atul Sabharwal, to keep the ­matter private.

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"Subhash was like an elder brother ... I knew him and his family for nine years. I’ve seen his son grow up, and we’ve organised his birthday parties together ... I was so shocked after that night that I didn’t know what to do. His wife would request me to keep the matter a secret for the future of their son ... saying how he ill-treats her, too, but she has to put up with him because of her ailing mother. I am not one to put up with such abuse," she says.

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"Then I got to know that Dimple and Subhash were very much together, and she was just lying to protect her husband! So, as an evidence, I shot the video," says Tyagi, who’s upset with rumours of it all being a ‘publicity stunt’. Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia, for instance, said it was an attempt to "demean Subhash". "Was Tigmanshu there when I faced abuse? How can one be so uncouth!" she says.

Kapoor is currently out on bail, and repeated attempts to reach him and his family for their side failed.

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