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Mumbai: Casting director rapes and harasses actress, shares her nude photos to husband; awarded life-term jail

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 3 January 2019, 13:34 IST

Last year a rebellion #MeToo kicked off in India due to which, victims from various streams, including glamour industry came forward and shard their horror. In a similar case, an aspiring actress filed a case against a casting director and accused him of harassing and raping her. The pronouncing verdict in the matter, a sessions court in Mumbai awarded him life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1,31 lakh.

The casting director named Ravindranath Ghosh also took inappropriate photos of 23-year-old actress-model and sent them to her husband and employer. The accused has to pay Rs 1 lakh to the survivor as compensation out of the fine money.

As per reports, the victim’s husband, who works in Saputara in Nashik, left her and their newborn baby upon receiving the photos. According to a woman, she met the casting director in 2011 while working at a hospital. Then he introduced himself as a cameraman and casting director and said he is producing a television series.

The actress then actress him her interest in acting and Ghosh promised to help her. Later, he referred her to a TV show audition and promised her a job in exchange for sexual favours, as per HT reports.

Following which, the victim began ignoring his calls, after a couple of weeks when she contacted her, the accused called her to meet him at Madh Island. In February 2012, she met him at a lodge in Madh Island where he raped her and took photos of her.

After which he forced her to maintain sexual relations with him and threatened to send her nude photos to her husband if she resists sexual favour. According to her complaint, Ghosh continued to rape her till March 2012. Ghosh then sent nude photos of her to her employer.

In December 2012, she filed a complaint and Ghosh was arrested. However, she claimed that he continued sending threatening letters from prison.

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First published: 3 January 2019, 13:34 IST