#MeToo: MNS chief Raj Thackeray defends Nana Patekar over sexual harassment allegations

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray said that MeToo movement is diverting attention from other important issues


Amid the sexual harassment allegations on Actor Nana Patekar, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Wednesday called the actor “indecent” but defended him saying that he is innocent.

I know Nana Patekar, he often indulges in uncanny acts but I don’t think he can do such a thing. The court will decide on this matter,” Thackeray said.

Actress Tanushree Dutta on social media spoke about her uncomfortable encounter with Nana Patekar and accused him of sexually harassing her during a film shoot in 2008. This started an outrage on the social media, starting #MeToo movement in India.  

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Speaking about the MeToo movement, Thackeray said that the movement is a serious matter and it should not be debated on social media. However, he also said that the movement is diverting attention from the other serious issues which concern the commoners such as rising petrol prices, falling rupee value, and unemployment.

If a woman faces any kind of problem, they can come to MNS. We will teach the accused a lesson. However, women must raise their voice on the spot rather than waiting for 10 years to speak about it,” said MNS chief Raj Thackeray while addressing at an event in Amravati. 

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