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TV actor Karan Oberoi granted bail by Bombay High Court in alleged rape case

The court granted bail to Oberoi on a surety of Rs 50,000.

Updated: Jun 08, 2019, 09.54 AM IST
The arrest of actor Karan Oberoi (in pic) after a 34-year-old woman accused him of rape has again brought the issue back into focus, fuelling a debate on men’s rights in such cases.
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Friday granted bail to TV actor Karan Oberoi in a rape case filed against him in May this year.

Justice Revati Mohite-Dere granted him the bail on a surety of Rs 50,000.

Earlier on May 17, the High Court had rejected Oberoi's bail plea.

Oberoi was arrested on May 6 by the Mumbai Police and was sent to 14 days of judicial custody by an Andheri court.

An FIR was registered against him under Sections 376 (rape) and 384 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to the FIR, the actor allegedly raped the woman on the pretext of marrying her.

The victim's advocate, Ali Kaashif Khan, had alleged that his client's physical consent was taken on a false promise of marriage and hence it amounted to rape, citing a recent Supreme Court judgment.

The FIR also stated that Oberoi not only raped the woman and filmed the act but also demanded money from the victim and threatened to release the video if she did not pay the requisite sum.

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2018: The Year Of #MeToo In India

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2018 saw the rise of the #MeToo movement in India. Inspired by a global campaign against sexual harassment and assault, women across the spectrum opened up and shared their stories about abuse by men in positions of power. And it began in October with actress Tanushree Dutta accusing actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment while shooting for the 2008 film 'Horn Ok Please'.What followed was a series of posts by other women who shared their experiences with the world. From actors, film directors to advertising top guns, artists and writers and politicians, women professionals called out obnoxious behaviour at the workplace. From unwanted attention in the office to sexual innuendos on the film set, there were many kinds of allegations that surfaced.While some of these are still struggling in the industry amidst the allegations, some succeeded in getting a clean chit from authorities. Recently, rumours surfaced that Patekar has been given a clean chit. However, the 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' actress quashed the rumours. However, director Vikas Bahl, who was one of the prime accusees, has been set free from all charges against him. The internal complaints committee of Reliance Entertainment, today, set the 'Queen' director free, who was accused by an employee of Phantom films under the #MeToo movement.(In Pic: From top left, Nana Patekar, Aditi Mittal, Subhash Ghai, Anirban Das Blah. From bottom left, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Jatin Das, Vikas Bahl)

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