Esha Gupta asks Smriti Irani for help, Mahesh Bhatt denies receiving NCW’s notice in relation to harassment case
Esha Gupta has asked Smriti Irani to help her after NCW claimed that the actor and five others have not responded to their requests for recording witness statements in a harassment case.Updated: Aug 06, 2020 22:03 IST
Actor Esha Gupta has sought union minister Smriti Irani’s intervention after the National Commission for Women claimed that they have sent a notice to her in relation to a sexual harassment case. The NCW on Thursday issued fresh notices to Esha, director-producer Mahesh Bhatt, actor Urvashi Rautela and others for recording of witness statements on a complaint against the promoter of a company for allegedly blackmailing and sexually assaulting a number of girls on the pretext of giving them modelling careers.
“Dear @smritiirani ma’am, can you please help me with this issue. Why is this the first time m hearing about it through the tweets. If we do a paid promotion, it’s our work. Also the fact that I have yet received no notice,” Esha wrote in a tweet. “Respected @smritiirani ma’am, please help me with this situation. Just by tweeting and giving out in news a case cannot be made on false pretext. I don’t know the truth behind #NCW case, but to accuse me of something like is defamatory,” she added.
Esha said that she is willing to cooperate but did not agree with how NCW is ‘dragging’ her name into the matter without duly informing her about it. “Respected ma’am, @sharmarekha, as a woman, I would stand by any woman who has been wronged. But if no information has reached to us,then why is my name dragged here. I am ready to cooperate and not ashamed, hence making it public here. @smritiirani,” she wrote.
Mouni Roy, actor-model Prince Narula, and TV personality Rannvijay Singha have also been named by the NCW. As per a Pinkvilla report, Mahesh Bhatt’s reps said that he has not received any notice from NCW. He denied being associated with the company accused of harassment.
The NCW said that despite directing to appear before the commission and intimating the same through all possible modes of communication, these people have neither bothered to respond nor attended the scheduled meeting.
Taking serious note of their non-appearance, the commission adjourned the matter for August 18, asking them to appear before it and warned that non-appearance will be followed by action as per the procedures.
The development comes as the NCW has taken cognizance of a complaint filed by social activist and People Against Rapes in India (PARI) founder Yogita Bhayana against the promoter of a company for allegedly blackmailing and sexually assaulting a number of girls on the pretext of giving them careers in modelling.
Bhayana had also written a complaint letter to NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma. "Through his company, he (Sunny Verma) invites the girls on the pretext of organising a Miss Asia contest with a claim that the contest will launch them as models. To make it look genuine, his company has also been taking an entry fee of Rs 2,950. Once the girls apply, they are alluded by the female accomplices of Sunny Verma to submit their nude pictures in order to get the better ranking in the contest," the complaint letter said.
It alleged that Verma, after receiving the pictures and sometimes even before, used to get in touch with the girls and ask for completely nude pictures and videos.Verma also used to allude as well as threaten the girls to submit to his sexual desires if they were interested in modelling as a career or wish to win the contest, it added.
"Once he established a physical relationship with the girls, he used to blackmail them for regular sexual favours. Many girls from across the country have suffered a sexual and mental assault from Sunny and his accomplices," said the complaint citing several purported letters, texts and audio clips from several girls as proof of this modus operandi of Sunny Verma and his company.
(With ANI inputs)
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