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Court rejects bail of producer, director for forcing artist to perform vulgar scene

Friday, July 12, 2019
By A Staff reporter

Says offence serious, potential to affect collective conscience of society

A Dindoshi sessions court recently refused bail to the director and producer of a web series, one of them a woman, for allegedly forcing an artist to perform objectionable scenes.

The woman artist lodged a complaint with the Malvani police a few days after the shoot when the duo had, according to the police complaint, started arriving at her residence and intimidating her into performing the scenes and threatening that she would otherwise be beaten by rowdy elements. The woman had not returned for shoot after she had gone through a traumatic experience in the previous shoot when they had scolded and physically forced her and a reluctant co-actor, also a woman, to perform intimate scenes with each other. Only the previous day to this incident, the woman artist had wept on the sets when they had asked her to say a vulgar dialogue to an actor who was supposed to be her brother-in-law. But she had returned for work after they had pacified her that she would not be compelled for any obscene shoot.

The duo had filed their bail plea on the grounds that the artist had given consent for performing bold and intimate scenes as per a consent letter and had produced an email in support of their claim. They also stated that they had spent a huge amount for the shooting.

Rejecting the bail plea of the applicants Sweta Siwal, 37 and Ravikant Singh, 30, the court said its oral order, “The perusal of the FIR gives rise to certain disturbing state of affairs for any right-feeling member of society.” It mentions how the informant was told that she was to work in a comedy show and the contract was got signed hurriedly due to which she could not go through it. It also went on to note the conduct of the woman applicant where she physically forces the artist to undress her co-actor and touch her intimately.

The order states, “The above factual scenario prima facie reveals the gravity of the crime, which has got the potential to affect the collective conscious of society, as the alleged act committed by the applicants is very serious in nature, affecting the humanity and more particularly the female members of society [sic]..”

The court also noted that looking at the previous conduct of the applicants, it was very likely they would pressurize the artist if released on bail. It further said, “Only because the informant gave her consent for bold and intimate scenes, she could not have been compelled to go for obscene shooting, to the extent as apparent from the allegations levelled in the FIR.”

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