This is definitely a shocking turn of events. Jeetendra’s cousin has filed a sexual harassment complaint against him, as reported by India Today.
According to the publication, the victim suffered for years after the veteran star allegedly assaulted her when she was in her late teens. After getting inspired with awareness generated with #MeToo campaign, she realized that she too needs to speak about this traumatic incident and therefore now wants closure.
The victim said that Jeetendra allegedly asked for permission from her parents to let her accompany him to his film sets. It is there, according to what victim told India Today, did the actor make a move on her without her consent. She even said that she has taken this step of informing the police because her parents are no longer alive and it would have caused them a great amount of pain had they known that Jeetendra did something as despicable as this to their daughter. The victim has requested that her identity be kept hidden for she fears the veteran star’s connections.
But what we couldn’t digest is, if the actor made such a move for his cousin, wouldn’t he know which one is it? Keeping the identity is not helping!
Jeetendra, whose real name is Ravi Kapoor, is the complainant’s maternal cousin. A complaint has been filed with the Himachal Pradesh’s Director General of Police.
As per the complaint, the alleged incident took place in January 1971, when the victim was 18 and Jeetendra was 28 and the actor “arranged” for the survivor to join him from New Delhi to Shimla on the set of his movie without her “awareness”.
The complainant has 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.
Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee representing Actor Jeetendra states that “Foremost my client specifically and categorically denies any such incident. Besides even otherwise such baseless, ridiculous and fabricated claims cannot be entertained by any Court of law or the law enforcement agencies after a span of almost 50 years. Besides I want to make it specifically clear that the law does not give any person any rights or liberties of making any baseless, ridiculous or fabricated claims against any man publicly and seek to defame him with a hidden personal agenda.”