Kangana Ranaut-Aditya Pancholi case: Yet another reason why people question cases of sexual violence?

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Aditya Pancholi, Kangana Ranaut

Aditya Pancholi, Kangana RanautTwitter/ Varinder Chawla

The legal case between Kangana Ranaut and Aditya Pancholi is getting murkier with each passing day which has now yet another reason for people to not believe women when they complain about sexual violence against them.

In 2007, Kangana had filed a police complaint against Aditya for physically and sexually abusing her. Kangana had alleged that Aditya, whom she was reportedly dating for almost four years, kept her under house arrest and she escaped from the apartment by jumping off from the first floor of the building. Aditya had filed a defamation case against Kangana for levelling serious allegations against him.

So when the old case was recently brought into the picture, Aditya said that Kangana along with her sister Rangoli Chandel and their lawyer Rizwan Siddique have threatened to file a rape case against him. The actor said that he had submitted videos and phone recordings as proofs that show Rizwan threatening him with a rape case if he doesn’t backs off.

In the video, which was run by Times Now on May 16, Rizwan, who also happens to be a good friend of the actor, can be heard telling Aditya and his wife Zarina Wahab that though he knows that the actor is a nice man, the case would go in a different direction. And that it will become a bigger issue than MeToo.

The lawyer further tells Aditya and his wife that the actor’s aggression level is so high that people will think that he has done the wrong thing as he is short tempered which would eventually backfire at him. He says that his client Kangana feels that what happened with her is wrong and Aditya is trying to put pressure on her by taking the legal way, they would also do the same and put a rape case on him.

When Zarina Wahab asks, “A rape case?” the lawyer replies to her saying, “Yes, a rape case that Aditya raped Kangana, and that it was a forced relationship which is as good as rape.”

As soon as the video tape was released, many people on social media heavily criticised Kangana and her sister Rangoli for making a mockery of the MeToo movement for their publicity stunt.

On the other hand, Kangana supporters started posting an old video of an eyewitness recalling the alleged incident of how he saw Aditya blocking Kangana in the middle of the road, pulling her out of an auto-rickshaw by her hair and punching her.

Following the criticism, Rangoli too shot at Aditya and tried to shed some light on the ugly case in a series of tweets. She also shared an audio recording of a phone call wherein Aditya can be heard expressing his displeasure that Rizwan, despite being a friend, had taken up Kangana’s case and fighting the battle with him.

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