Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai actor Shilpa Shinde accuses producer of sexual harrasment
Television actor Shilpa Shinde, who used to play the role of Angoori Bhabhi on the television show Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai, has filed charges of sexual harassment against the producer of the show, Sanjay Kohli.
Hindustan Times reports that Shinde had invited attention when she quit the show last year, complaining that the makers were forcing her to sign an agreement that would prevent her from doing other television shows. India Times also reports overtime and torture by Sanjay's wife Binaifer, as other reasons of Shinde calling it quits.
Back then, the makers had sued her for Rs 12.50 crore for breach of contract. While the trial is pending, Shinde had alleged that the producers still owe her a sum of Rs 32 lakh, as reported by India Today.
Now, Shinde has upped the ante with some fresh allegations. The Indian Express reports that she has accused Sanjay of sexual harassment at workplace. She alleges that Sanjay used to often get intimate with her and threatened to fire her from the show if she does not reciprocate. She also alleges that Sanjay touched her inappropriately on her breasts and waist and used to hug her forcefully.
Mid-Day quotes the FIR that she file against Sanjay, "In the past year, I battled depression and medical issues. I spoke out since it was getting to me. I know many women from the industry are afraid to speak up, but I want to, on their behalf. I went to the police station thrice this week with my lawyer. The cop, Mahesh Patil, was indifferent and insensitive."
However, Binaifer has rubbished the allegations made by Shinde by issuing the following statement, as reported by all the publications mentioned above, "All we can say is that matter is subjudice, we have full faith in the judiciary. We will see her in court. We don’t want to give her unnecessary importance for her obvious false allegations."