Ragini MMS Returns has created quite a buzz. Recently, a website reported that Riya Sen, the female lead, sexually harassed Nishant Singh while shooting an intimate scene. That article blew up quite a bit. So much so that Nishant had to deny these allegations on his social network. Here’s what he wrote:
I’d appreciate it if all my friends could share this OPEN LETTER on their profile.
To whomsoever it may concern.
I would first like to start off by understanding the nature and seriousness of the term “sexual harassment”.
Workplace sexual harassment is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that explicitly or implicitly affect an individual’s employment, unreasonable interferes with an individual’s work performance; or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.” .
Sexual Harassment has no gender. No woman should tolerate it due to fear, no man should tolerate it to maintain his image a “MARD”.
Justice cannot and should not ever be denied.
Amidst all the aggravation around the incident shared by me and my co-star/friend Riya Sen, it was important for me to address this issue.
Sexual harassment is an immensely unpleasant and serious issue. It cannot be “used” to garner attention and defame any human with no clear evidences. What happened was between two friends who trust each other and were acting out a love making scene in front of a hundred watchful eyes. Doing something that’s not rehearsed or planned is called “improvisation”. So much for research and getting facts right, the victim is always aware of what they are subjected to.
Before jumping to conclusions and targeting a woman only to create content, one must be well aware of facts. Riya is a thorough professional. Her lineage, her upbringing and her humility cannot be defined by your words or mine. On a personal note, Riya is one of the closest friends I have today, because of her knack of being respectful and nurturing towards one and all.
If a joke shared by two co stars on the sets is subjected to this kind of scrutiny, then I would like to question how is targeting an innocent woman with absolute no truth behind the projection, any less of harassment? How is attacking somebody’s name for personal gains in the face of “social awareness”, any less of harassment?
Well, I guess that ends the matter.