Bollywood actor Jeetendra has been accused of sexually harassing his cousin – who has filed a police complaint 47 years after the alleged incident.
Jeetendra is the complainant’s maternal cousin and the victim made the allegation in a police complaint filed with Himachal Pradesh’s Director General of Police. A copy of the complaint is with IANS.
As per the complaint, the incident took place in January 1971, when the victim was 18 and Jeetendra was 28. It happened when he “arranged” for the victim to join him from New Delhi to Shimla on the set of his movie without the complainant’s “awareness”.
According to reports, the victim 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.
Reportedly, the complainant’s letter describes the alleged act of sexual assault in detail. She stated that Jeetendra picked her up from her home on the fateful day and there were two other men in the car apart from him.
The complainant stated that when they reached Shimla, it was night time and she and Jeetendra were to share a room that had two separate beds. While she went to sleep in the bed facing a wall in the far corner of the room, the actor went out.
“Later that night, he returned to the room and joined the two beds together, while I was still asleep. As I rested on my side, facing the wall, he entered the bed and mounted me from behind with his penis erect,” she wrote in the letter, adding that Jeetendra “smelled of alcohol and was naked from waist down.”
She further alleged that the actor stimulated himself against her body and when she tried to push him away, he insisted that this is how he sleeps. She stated that after the ordeal ended, Jeetendra separated the beds and the two did not speak after that.
“The next day, he asked his driver to buy me some clothes and drop me back to New Delhi,” she wrote in the letter. She said that it took her years to share her trauma, and she finally decided to file a police complaint after the demise of her parents.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued by his lawyer said Jeetendra categorically denies any such incident took place. “..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. The Statute has provided a justice delivery system through the Courts, and the Limitation Act 1963 was specifically enacted to ensure that all genuine complaints are made within a maximum time limit of three years, so that a proper investigation is carried out and timely justice is delivered,” the statement issued by advocate Rizwan Siddiquee said.
“..the timing of this baseless complaint seems to be nothing but a miserable effort made by a jealous competitor to disrupt the business activities of my client and his esteemed company,” the statement said.
Jeetendra, now 75 whose real name is Ravi Kapoor, is also a film producer and has daughter Ekta and son Tusshar with wife Shobhaa.