Aamir Khan’s decision to work with MeToo accused prompts response from Tanushree Dutta

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MUMBAI: Bollywood actor and former Miss World Tanushree Dutta has accused Indian megastar Aamir Khan of being insensitive over his decision to work with Subhash Kapoor accused of sexual misconduct.

Speaking to mid-day, Tanushree Dutta criticised Aamir Khan for not being sensitive towards ‘the woman (Geetika Tyagi) who suffered the consequences of Subhash Kapoor’s actions.’

In a statement on Sept 10, Aamir Khan confirmed this week that not only was he back on Mogul – to which he was attached as producer – Subhash Kapoor had been reinstated as director. Mr Kapoor was dropped last October, after Aamir Khan disassociated himself from Mogul.

Later, rumours suggested that Mr Khan might return to the project in the absence of Mr Kapoor.

The actor told Hindustan Times this week that he reconsidered after learning that Subhash Kapoor had lost several other projects because of Aamir Khan’s stand against him and that he “couldn’t sleep at night because I used to constantly feel that my actions have inadvertently caused a person, about whose guilt I have absolutely no idea, to lose his right to work and earn a livelihood.”

Aamir Khan specified that the sexual misconduct allegations by Geetika Tyagi are currently in court and “…until such time that the courts reach a conclusion, is it that he/she should not be allowed to work? Is he to just sit at home and not earn?”

This change of heart has prompted a strong response from Tanushree Dutta.

“How come nobody in Bollywood has sleepless nights when a woman becomes a victim of abuse and is not able to work due to the trauma and ostracisation… If he has agreed to hire this guy, why not hire the woman who suffered the consequences of his actions? Why do only the creepy men of Bollywood get compassion? Let the girls also see some of that saintly do-goodery,” Ms Dutta told mid-day.

“Compassion should be universal. If it’s so selective as is being displayed by the Bollywood’s bigwigs, then it’s not compassion. It’s convenience and ignorance. Nobody bothered to ask me how I was doing when my livelihood was snatched away after the Horn Ok Pleassss harassment episode. No compassion for me, Aamir?” she added.