Jeetendra accused of sexual assault after 47 years

 Bollywood veteran Jeetendra was on Wednesday accused of sexually harassing his cousin, who has come forward to file a police complaint after 47 years of the incident, police said.

‘We are getting similar queries from the public,’ a Police Officer told UNI.

The victim made a police complaint, forwarded to Himachal Pradesh’s Director General of Police.

As per the complaint, the incident took place in January 1971, when she was 18 and Jeetendra was 28. It happened when he took the victim from New Delhi to Shimla, on the sets of his movie, without her ‘permission’.

The victim claimed that on the night they reached Shimla, Jeetendra returned to the room in an inebriated state, joined the two separate beds and sexually assaulted her.

The allegation comes amid the #MeToo campaign, as part of which women have come out about facing sexual abuse at the hands of powerful men. While several ladies have accused

Hollywood’s powerful men, the Hindi film industry — while admitting the prevalence of abuse — are yet to break the glass ceiling. Jeetendra, now 75, is a well-known name in the Hindi film industry. He is also a film producer, apart from being a versatile yesteryear actor.

 

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