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CINTAA admits to lapses in handling Tanushree Dutta’s complaint in 2008


However, as per the rules, the matter is too old for CINTAA to take any action now.

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The Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) has accepted that the way the organisation handled Tanushree Dutta’s complaint against Nana Patekar in 2008 was not ‘appropriate’ and they now find it highly ‘regrettable.’

“After going through Ms Tanushree Dutta's complaint, which was filed with the then Executive Committee of CINTAA in March 2008, we feel that the decision taken by the Joint Dispute Settlement Committee of CINTAA and IFTPC [then known as AMPTPP] in July 2008 was not appropriate, as the chief grievance of sexual harassment wasn't even addressed,” CINTAA general secretary and actor Sushant Singh said in an official statement.

The president of CINTAA in 2008 was the late actor Dara Singh.

Sushant further added that an apology won’t be enough. “Although it was a different Executive Committee at that time, yet as CINTAA, we find it highly regrettable and no apologies can suffice, hence we must resolve today to never allow such lapses to occur again. CINTAA stands strongly for the dignity and self respect of its members,” read the statement. 

However, as per the rules, the matter is too old for CINTAA to take any action now. “Sexual harassment is a serious criminal offence; unfortunately CINTAA's Constitution bars us from taking up any case which is more than three years old. Hence, we appeal to the authorities to take cognisance of Ms Dutta's statements and conduct an impartial and speedy enquiry so that truth and justice may prevail. We also appeal to all our members to report any such incidents to us immediately. We are duty bound to give them our complete moral and legal support to ensure just and safe working conditions,” concluded the statement. 

During a recent interview with India Today, a news channel, Dutta claimed that she had filed an FIR against Patekar, but the producers had already filed an FIR against her. “We went to the police and told them everything. But even before we got to the police station, a counter FIR was already filed from their side. I don't know if they went through any hassle for our complaint but because of their FIR, my father, spot boy and hairdresser were harassed for years,” she said.