Mahesh Bhatt seems earlier than NCW in sexual harassment case: ‘As a father of three girls, I have the highest regard for the cause’


New Delhi, August 19

The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Tuesday recorded the statements of varied witnesses together with Bollyood actor Sonu Sood, director Mahesh Bhatt and others, in reference to a person and his firm IMG Ventures which was allegedly blackmailing and sexually assaulting a number of girls on the pretext of modelling alternatives.

The Commission, nevertheless, expressed its displeasure over the non-appearance of actors Urvashi Rautela and Mouni Roy.

“Mouni Roy and Urvashi Rautela did not attend the scheduled hearing despite several intimations sent from our end,” the Commission mentioned in a tweet.

The Commission had issued summons to Mahesh Bhatt, Sonu Sood, Urvashi Rautela, Mouni Roy, Rannvijay Singh, Prince Narula and Esha Gupta after taking cognisance of a criticism filed by the People Against Rapes in India (PARI) founder Yogita Bhayana.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt appeared for the net listening to. Bhatt has assured the Commission of full cooperation with regard to this matter.

“As a father of three girls, I have the highest regard for the cause taken up by Ms. Yogita and the National Commission for Women and express my full cooperation for the crusade,” he mentioned.

He additionally denied any affiliation with IMG Ventures or Sunny Verma and mentioned: “I have neither entered into any agreement nor received any monetary consideration for the event. Unfortunately, my name and images were picked up from social media and misused in relation to the event without my consent and authority. When I confronted them on this, they have apologised profusely and withdrawn all my images in association with the event. I am issuing this statement to make everyone aware that I have no association with IMG Ventures, Sunny Verma and Mr. and Miss. Glamour 2020 and my name and credibility should not be misused for promotion of the event to lure participation of others.”

The NCW recorded the statements of witnesses in the course of the on-line listening to and can now be getting ready a report primarily based on its findings.

According to the criticism, one Sunny Verma, promoter of IMG Ventures, has been allegedly blackmailing and sexually assaulting a number of girls on the pretext of modeling alternatives. 

“No. of TV and film actors are also promoting his company in a video advertisement,” Bhayana’s criticism had mentioned.

The criticism additional alleged that to make it look real, his firm had additionally been charging an entry payment of Rs 2,950. Once the ladies utilized, feminine accomplices of Sunny Verma allegedly instructed submitting their nude footage with a purpose to get higher rating within the contest.

“After receiving the nude pictures and sometime even before, Sunny used to get in touch with the girls to push them for completely nude pictures and videos. He also asked as well as threatened them to submit to his sexual desires if they were interested in modelling as a career or wish to win the contest,” the criticism mentioned.

The criticism additional claimed that when Sunny used to determine bodily relationship with the ladies, he used to blackmail them for normal sexual favours and many ladies from throughout the nation have suffered sexual and psychological assault by the hands of Sunny and his accomplices.

In her criticism, Bhayana mentioned: “I have now received several letters, texts and audio clips from several girls as proof of this modus operandi of Sunny Verma and IMG. The girls have written details of sexual harassment under the condition that their names and identity will not be revealed. They have also shared their chat screenshots and audio call record with Sunny Verma. The chats are full of demands of sexual favours from Sunny Verma.”

“We request NCW to take cognisance of our complaint and take appropriate action against Sunny Verma, his female accomplices, the partners of the company as well as against the Bollywood stars who are promoting IMG Ventures despite knowing everything,” it mentioned. IANS



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