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2 years after the matter first came under the radar of the media, the Mumbai Police has now finally filed a charge sheet against choreographer Ganesh Acharya, accusing him of sexual harassment, voyeurism and stalking based on a complaint filed by his co-dancer in 2020.

He has been booked under as many as 8 sections of IPC (Indian Penal Code) – all of them bailable, said Acharya’s lawyer.

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According to a report by Hindustan Times, the news was confirmed by the police officer from the Oshiwara station, Sandeep Shinde who is investigating the complaint shared the charge sheet at the court of a metropolitan magistrate in Andheri.

The report also mentioned the complainant confirming that she was told by the police about the charge sheet while Acharya refused to comment and his lawyer, Ravi Suryavanshi, said they haven’t received the copy of the charge sheet yet. “I don’t have the charge sheet so I cannot say anything, but all the sections in the FIR were bailable,” he said.

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The police have booked Ganesh Acharya under sections 354-a (sexual harassment), 354-c (voyeurism), 354-d (stalking), 323 (causing hurt), 509 (insulting the modesty of any woman), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention to commit an offence).

In 2020, ANI had published a report about this news in which the woman who filed the complaint said he abused her, she said, “The female assistants beat me up, abused me and defamed me after which I went to the police who refused to lodge a complaint and merely registered a non-cognisable case. Then I contacted a lawyer to take the matter further.”

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