Ganesh Acharya sexual harassment case: Mumbai Court grants bail to Bollywood choreographer

A magistrate’s court in Mumbai on Thursday granted bail to Bollywood choreographer Ganesh Acharya in a sexual harassment case. A case had been filed against the choreographer at suburban Amboli police station in February 2020 for purportedly thrashing an assistant choreographer. The complainant likewise affirmed that Ganesh Acharya forced her to watch pornographic videos at whatever point she went to meet him at his office in 2009-10, adding that he had done the same to other women. In April this year, Mumbai Police had charged the choreographer with sexual harassment and voyeurism among other charges.

Ganesh Acharya has never been arrested in the case. He was granted bail after he showed up under the magistrate’s court on Thursday. The complainant has claimed that he, alongside two others, had assaulted her during an event of the Indian Film and Television Choreographers Association in Andheri on January 26, 2020. She likewise added complaints about sexual harassment that had happened before.

Based on the complaint, the police registered a case under sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 354-C (watching, or capturing the image of a woman engaging in a private act), 354-D (stalking), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC against Ganesh Acharya. The choreographer has denied every one of the allegations.