Priti Zinta and Ness Wadia

Ranjit Mahanti

From my heart…. ‘I may not be super wealthy and powerful but I have truth by my side and I’ve worked very hard all my life and tried to earn respect for myself as a self-made professional. It saddens me that no one at work or around ever stood up for me in the past when I was abused and insulted publicly. This time I was left with no option but to take this stern step as this incident happened in front of way too many people.

Sometimes we are so ashamed and humiliated that we fool ourselves to believe that no one saw what happened. Everyone always looks away as if they don’t exist or then we don’t exist. People are embarrassed just enough to look away, but not too embarrassed to intervene.

Ironically what happened at Wankhede is being diluted by every other fabricated story about my character except the truth of what happened. I’m sure the witnesses will speak the truth and I trust and believe that the police will do their job fairly and quickly.

No woman likes to be involved in a controversy like this which makes her open and vulnerable for all to take a dig at. I have worked for over 15 years in the film industry and have never been subject to such humiliating behaviour and for that I really want to thank all the men that worked with me. Through all our highs and lows my head was always held high.

Every human being has a limit to how much they can take ; some of us foolishly call it strength and try to look ahead focusing on the positives of work and life. All these years I have never said anything about him in the media but now I have no choice.

I humbly request the media and my supporters to please focus on the issue and the incident that happened in Wankhede and not turn this and me into a TV soap. This is not easy for me and my intention is not to harm anyone but simply to protect myself and to stand up for myself. I don’t want any sympathy from anyone but I will sincerely appreciate it if people do not try to take away my dignity in the process of my fight for respect at my workplace. I think after all these years I deserve it and I’m not asking for too much.

Thank you.

Bollywood actor Preity Zinta accused her ex-boyfriend, Ness Wadia of molestation. Zinta gave an application to the police on Thursday, which was converted into an FIR on Friday.

The Marine Drive police have registered FIR (copy available with ABI) against Wadia under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC.

Zinta had been dating Wadia for 5 years before parting ways with him in 2009.

According to police the incident took place at the Garware Pavillion of Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on May 30. Wadia accosted her during a play off between Punjab XI and Chennai Super Kings. Zinta who co-owns Kings Punjab eleven accused that Wadia grabbed her by her hand. He then assaulted her and used filthy language against her in front of others.

“A top industrialist Wadia allegedly forcibly pulled her and there was some heated argument between the couple which turned physical and Wadia allegedly manhandled her,” said a police officer.

The police will now record the statements of the witnesses mentioned in the complaint. They will also try to obtain the CCTV footage of the location on that particular date.

Meanwhile, Wadia issued a statement to the press saying the allegations against him were false and there were no facts to the story.

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