Well-known playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya has been accused by a woman of sexually harassing her during Durga Puja celebration in Mumbai. Abhijeet, who in the past has been in the news for making many controversial comments
, has been accused of sexually harassing a 34-year-old woman. The incident came to light when the said woman filed a police complaint against Bhattacharya in which she accused the singer of touching her inappropriately and abusing her during a concert of singer Kailash Kher earlier this week.
Going by the woman’s statement, a case under IPC sections of 354 (a) (sexual harassment) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) have been registered against Abhijeet.
The incident is believed to have taken place late on Wednesday night at round 10 pm at a Durga Puja celebration in Lokhandwala, of which the singer is also one of the organisers. Meanwhile Abhijeet, who maintains he is innocent, denied the harassment charge and said he only had an argument with the woman, whose uncle is also among the organisers of the Puja. While then incident is still being investigated by the Oshiwara police station. A senior inspector Subhash Khanvilkar told news agency PTI
“While the programme was going on, a woman stood up in between (the rows of the audience) that blocked the view of stage for the people sitting behind. People started shouting at her and when she did not listen, Abhijeet himself made her sit down. While trying to move away the victim from where she stood up, Abhijeet allegedly touched and caught her inappropriately.”
The officer said that he was quoting from a complaint filed by the victim and that there was no need to summon the singer immediately as police was still conducting preliminary investigation.
Meanwhile Censor Board member Ashok Pandit appeared to defend Abhijeet on Twitter. Quickly responding to his support, Abhijeet tweeted.
A few weeks ago, Abhijeet had been in a controversy for calling Pakistani Ghazal singer Ghulam Ali a ‘Dengue Artist’.
Pandit thought Bhattacharya was being targeted for voicing his opinion on Ghulam Ali issue. Besides Kailash Kher, other singers like Shaan, Sonu Nigam and Babul Supriyo had also performed at the Durga Puja event.