#MeToo; Gulabi Gang filmmaker accuses Vinod Dua of sexual harassment
Mumbai: Journalist Vinod Dua has also joined the infamous list of #MeToo movement, facing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct by Documentary filmmaker Nishtha Jain, on Sunday.
The #MeToo movement has recently gained momentum and many famous personalities have come under its radar.
Shockingly many prominent names like Amitabh Bachchan, Alok Nath and now Vinod Dua have been called out under this movement.
The whole incident came out after Nishtha (53) shared a post on her Facebook page alleging Dua (64) for humiliating and sexually harassing her in separate incidents.
She said he used to make 'lewd jokes', 'stalking' her and once 'he slobbered' all over her face.
She recalled the days when she had just graduated from the Jamia Mass Communication Centre and had an interview with Vinod Dua in 1989 .
She wrote: “…I left home with a fair amount of confidence for a job interview with a famous TV personality who had had a very popular show called Janvani… Before I could settle down he began telling a lewd sexual joke.”
A few months after the 1989 interview, Jain said she started to work as a video editor at Newstrack, India Today’s video news magazine. “I would work late and when I’d leave the office building in F Block, Connaught Place, Dua would be waiting for me outside. He was stalking me. This is much before cell phones – how did he know I was working till late if he hadn’t asked somebody in my office about my schedule?” Jain said.
In her Facebook post, She wrote, “One night as I came down to the parking, he was there…He wanted to talk to me and asked me to enter his car… Assuming that he wanted to apologise for his behaviour, I entered the car but before I could even settle down he began slobbering all over my face. I managed to get out and get into my office car and leave.”
She further added, “I spoke to my brother and two lawyer friends about it, but desisted from lodging a complaint because I didn’t think I could pursue it legally. I knew that we could go to court for serious crimes such as rape, but how could I make a case about humiliation?”
On asking Vinod about allegations against him he said, “I am in consultation with my lawyers and colleagues and will issue a public statement today or tomorrow.”
Vinod Dua hosts a video show 'Jan Gan Man ki Baat and is also a consulting editor at 'The Wire'. He has also aired an episode about 'India’s #MeToo moment', on October 5.
Nistha Jain is best known for her 2012 award-winning documentary film, Gulabi Gang.